chapter  2
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China’s energy challenges and policy priorities

As it formulates national energy policy, any government has to balance four key priorities: the need and cost of securing energy supplies to support economic growth and development; the desirability of raising the technical and economic efficiency of energy production and energy use; the political obligation to address the energy and economic needs of poorer sections of the population; and the growing requirement to invest in measures to protect the environment and improve the manner in which natural resources are exploited.