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China and Europe's Partnership for a more Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities

China and Europe's Partnership for a more Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities.


Francesca Spigarelli, University of Macerata, Italy
Louise Curran, Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France
Alessia Arteconi, Campus University


This book gathers the main scientific outputs related to Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental Industries (POREEN), a four-year project on uniting opportunities between Europe and China in the renewable energy and environmental industries, financed by the European Commission.

The first part of the book outlines the characteristics of Chinese and European cooperation, from a policy, macro and microeconomic point of view. It examines the key elements of green policy developed so far, bilateral trade flows, as well as bilateral investment flows. The second part presents an overview and recommendations on what legal framework is necessary to boost integration between Europe and China. In addition, corporate social responsibility and firm related aspects are considered. The third part of the book focuses on engineering-related research activity. It highlights the state of the art of Europe-China cooperation in key areas such as low carbon buildings, mobility and transportation that may have a huge potential impact on bilateral cooperation between Europe and China in the years ahead.

The book investigates the main challenges and opportunities related to Sino-European cooperation in the green sector with a emphasis on sustainable growth, and will make essential reading for scholars and practitioners with a focus or interest in renewable energy and global partnerships.

Table of Contents

Part One: Business is Green: Trade Investments and Trends in Renewable Energies and Environmental Industries
Chapter One: Chinese Policy in the Energy and Environmental Field
Chapter Two: Environmental Goods Trade between China and the EU: Development and Influencing Factors
Chapter Three: China's FDI in the EU's Environmental Protection Industries: Concepts, Policies and Facts
Chapter Four: International Integration, Uneven Development and the Location of Foreign Investments in China
Chapter Five: Liability of Foreignness of EU Environmental Protection Companies in China: Manifestations and Mitigating Strategies
Chapter Six: The Renewable Energy Industry in Europe: Business and Internationalization Models
Chapter Seven: European Companies Investing in China: Learning from Case Studies

Part Two: The Environmental Legal Framework for a Green Environment

Chapter Eight: The Long March Towards a Virtuous Environmental Legal Framework
Chapter Nine: Legal Framework and Practices for Environmental Protection and Application of Green Energy in China
Chapter Ten: Efficient Energy Systems in the Chinese Electrical Sector: Some Legal Issues
Chapter Eleven: Corporate Social Responsibility Standards in Green Energy Industry: A Comparison between China and European Union
Chapter Twelve: Shale Gas in China: Legal Regulation and Policy Constraints
Chapter Thirteen: Energy Investments in China and the role of Innovation: The Legal Perspective

Part Three: From Green Buildings to Alternative Fuel: The Pathway for China-Europe Cooperation for the Environmental Challenges

Chapter Fourteen: The Feasibility of Liquid Methane as an Alternative Fuel
Chapter Fifteen: Vapor Compression Heat Pumps and District Thermal Energy Networks for Efficient Building Heating and Cooling
Chapter Sixteen: Research on Biomass Energy Utilization in Chinese Rural Area
Chapter Seventeen: Novel Energy Systems for Smart House

Book Information

ISBN Print: 9781786353320
ISBN Electronic: 9781786353313
Publication Date: 30 June 2016
Format print: Hardback
Page count: 280
Dimensions: 152 x 229

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About the Editor(s)

Francesca Spigarelli is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Macerata.  Her main teaching areas include international business, economics and microeconomics and her main research fields include Chinese investments, multinational enterprises from emerging countries, M&A and internationalization strategies of enterprises. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Emerging Markets, the Thunderbird International Business Review and the Journal of World Business. She has recently been published in Energy Policy and Competitiveness Review.

Louise Curran is a Senior Lecturer in International Business, Toulouse Business School, France.  Her main teaching areas include international business and international trade, and her research interests include EU-China trade and investments, EU trade policy and global production networks. She has been published in the Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Business Ethics and Multinational Business Review.

Alessia Arteconi is an Associate Professor of Thermal Science at eCampus University, and a Visiting Professor at University of Leuven, Belgium.  Her research interests include alternative fuels, refrigeration and cryogenics and energy management. She serves as a reviewer for Environmental Science & Technology, Applied Thermal Engineering, Applied Energy, International Journal of Refrigeration, Energy, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, Energy Policy, Journal of Building Performance Simulation and Energy Technology.