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China's responsibility for climate changeEthics, fairness and environmental policy$
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Paul G. Harris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428134

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428134.001.0001

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Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains

Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains

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China's responsibility for climate change

Patrick Schroeder

Policy Press

This chapter looks at China's responsibility for climate change from the perspective of ‘sustainable consumption and production’ (SCP). The SCP approach is an integrative analytical perspective that captures the complex relationship between economic activity, human well-being, and environmental degradation. Drawing on the SCP perspective, the chapter discusses the responsibilities of a range of stakeholders in China's consumption-and-production systems that are connected through global value chains. It shows that attributing responsibility for China's growing impacts on global climate is a complex issue because responsibility should be shared between producers and consumers within China and in other countries. The chapter identifies opportunities for using the SCP approach to undertake ‘environmental leapfrogging’ in the areas of energy, industrial manufacturing, urban development, and consumer behaviour.

Keywords:   climate change, China, SCP, environmental degradation, global value chains, industrial manufacturing, urban development

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