China’s dual-goal society: Evaluation method and empirics
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In 2005 China announced that together with further economic development, resource efficiency and protection of the natural environment are becoming policy objectives. This is referred to as a dual-goal society and the study examines China’s progress in achieving these objectives. It puts forward a model to assess China’s performance from the point of view of resource efficiency and environmental friendliness. This model is then applied to analyse data from 30 provinces over the 2003-2009 period. The analysis shows that China’s fast developing dual-goal society has created a serious regional imbalance. These disparities need to be adjusted for the dual goal to be achieved at a country level. Further challenges associated with the factors influencing the development of a dual-goal society and how they impact on China’s national policies and strategies are also discussed.
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