Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (3): 217-221.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2019.002

• Carbon Market Development •     Next Articles

The roadmap of China’s national carbon emission trading scheme

Ji ZOU1,Qi-Min CHAI2,Ji CHEN3,Sha FU2,Xing-An GE4,Min HU5,Ang LI5,Dan-Ni LIN4,Yin LIN4,Dong-Hui LIU6,Jun-Ling LIU7,Shuang LIU1,Yue QI2,Ke WANG8,Shu WANG9,Jun-Jie ZHANG6   

  1. 1 Energy Foundation, Beijing 100004, China
    2 National Center of Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Beijing 100038, China
    3 Rocky Mountain Institute, Beijing 100020, China
    4 Shenzhen Emissions Exchange, Shenzhen 518057, China
    5 Innovative Green Development Program, Beijing 100600, China
    6 Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan215316, China
    7 Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Shenzhen 518055, China
    8 School of Environment & Natural Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
    9 ICF International Inc., Beijing 100020, China
  • Received:2019-01-02 Revised:2019-03-13 Online:2019-05-30 Published:2019-06-06


China is facing the dual challenges of mitigating climate change and maintaining the pace of economic growth. In order to control greenhouse gas emissions with the least social cost, China has piloted seven regional carbon markets since 2013. More importantly, it announced the launching of the national emission trading scheme (ETS) in late 2017. To rationalize the design of the national ETS, this paper aims to provide a roadmap of China’s ETS development from an economic perspective. In the short-term, the priority is to develop a robust market by enhancing the establishment of property rights and monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) system. In the mid-term, the national ETS should increase its market liquidity with a higher share of allowance auctioned and the development of carbon finance. In the long-term, the ETS should gradually tighten its emission target to form an explicit while increasing carbon price, and to provide a continuous incentive for China’s decarbonization.

Key words: Carbon market, Economic perspective, Top-level design

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