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What China’s Environmental Policy Means for PV Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

Pouran, Hamid M.; Karimi, Seyed M.; Padilha Campos Lopes, Mariana; Sheng, Yong


Hamid M. Pouran

Seyed M. Karimi

Mariana Padilha Campos Lopes


This perspective paper elaborates on how the burden of environmental issues on public health and the economy led China’s government to declare its revised environmental policies or “war on pollution”. It explains the importance of photovoltaic solar (PV), electric vehicles (EV), and carbon capture and storage (CCS) in helping China to mitigate its environmental concerns while maintaining economic growth. China already leads PV solar and EV manufacturing; however, it has not made a tangible contribution to CCS technology yet. On the other hand, CCS is far behind its envisaged role in contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and supporting countries to meet their net carbon zero targets. China’s existing coal power plants are good candidates to be retrofitted with CCS. Similar to PV and EV technologies, China could influence this technology globally, by reducing the uncertainties, demonstrating the viability, and driving the costs lower. China’s revised policies have been effective and shown global impacts, but their implementations remain as strong as the political will behind them.


Pouran, H. M., Karimi, S. M., Padilha Campos Lopes, M., & Sheng, Y. (2022). What China’s Environmental Policy Means for PV Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies. Energies, 15(23), Article 9037.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 24, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2022
Publication Date Dec 1, 2022
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2023
Journal Energies
Electronic ISSN 1996-1073
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 23
Article Number 9037
Keywords Environmental technologies; China environmental policy; PV solar; Electric vehicles; Carbon capture and storage (CCS); Innovation
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