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Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management
António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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Hydropower’s Contribution to the Environmental Integrity of the Embryonic Chinese Carbon Market

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 2(1) (2014) 91--103 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2014.03.007

Kai Whiting$^{1}$; Lara Jin Qiu-ting Esser$^{2}$; Alicia Valero Delgado$^{1}$

$^{1}$ CIRCE – Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, Mariano Esquillor, 15, 50018 , Zaragoza, Spain

$^{2}$ International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), 136 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou, 310002 China

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This paper discusses how hydropower can contribute to the environmen- tal integrity of the Chinese carbon market and support low carbon initia- tives and policies in China. It also explores the scientific research that questions the carbon neutrality of hydropower due to the release of nota- ble quantities of greenhouse gases through the creation and operation of a hydroelectric reservoir. The authors provide a comprehensive analysis of how current carbon market mechanisms and management should be maintained, strengthened and/or enhanced in order to optimise the pro- vincial carbon markets of 2014. Based on the literature review and dis- cussion, the authors provide nine principle recommendations. Such rec- ommendations include a verification of the data provided regarding hy- dropower installations and watersheds through various means such as GIS, aerial photography and the cross-referencing of records; and the use of the Strategic Environmental Assessment in addition to the already pre- scribed Environmental Impact Assessment and guidelines for small hy- dropower Should these recommendations be followed it would result in more robust emission trading policies and practices within the hydropow- er sector which could then be used as a template for other carbon reduc- tion technologies within the Chinese power industry.


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