Energy-Related Environmental Policy and Its Impacts on Energy Use in Asia

Toshi H. Arimura*, Makoto Sugino

*Corresponding author for this work

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Economic growth in Asia has increased in the past three decades and has heightened energy demand, resulting in rising greenhouse gas emissions and severe air pollution. To tackle these issues, fuel switching and the deployment of renewables are essential. In the present paper, we discuss the environmental regulations, mainly carbon pricing, implemented in Asia and discuss their achievements. Empirical studies using microdata have shown that carbon pricing in Asia can reduce carbon emissions by promoting energy efficiency. At the macro level, we observe some evidence of fuel switching from coal to natural gas among major emitters. However, more carbon pricing is necessary in Asia if we aim for the decarbonization of the economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-61
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Economic Policy Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan


  • Asia
  • Q28
  • Q54
  • Q58
  • air pollution
  • carbon pricing
  • climate change
  • renewables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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