Low Carbon Economy
Vol.08 No.02(2017), Article ID:76193,10 pages
10.4236/lce.2017.82004

The Central Government Behavior Analysis in Development of Chinese New Energy Industry

Haoxin Dong, Hui Zhao

Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

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Received: April 14, 2017; Accepted: May 14, 2017; Published: May 17, 2017

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to show the performance of the Central Government in the new energy industry, and to analyze the effect of Central Government’s new energy documents. The essay intends to sum up almost new energy policies from the Central Government. The present study counts the total number of new energy policies, analyzes the distribution frequency of the new energy policies in the national institutions, and sorts out the purpose of the implementation of those new energy policies in order to understand the focus of the Central Government. Meanwhile, using a questionnaire, this essay collects data on evaluation of the public’s satisfaction with the new energy policy and the effect of the implementation of the new energy policy. So, based on a large amount of materials, the authors discuss about China how to promote the application of Central Government policies in this field are benefit to enrich the research materials of this field.

Keywords:

New Energy Policy, Central Government, New Energy Industry, Effect

1. Introduction

Nowadays, China has become the largest energy consumer country, accounting for 22.4% of global consumption [1] . Energy composition is heavily dependent on traditional fossil fuels like coal or others. Over-reliance on coal, oil and other traditional energy could easily lead to shortage of resources, environment pollution and energy security pressure [2] [3] . As a strategic emerging industries, new energy industry has unparalleled advantages, not only it can effectively reduce air pollution, but it can also protect the environment, adjust the energy consumption structure, save resources, promote economic transformation, and change industrial growth mode. Under the background of the present era, the new energy industry represents the direction of the development of science and technology in the future. So, the governments all over the world are making policies to develop low-carbon economy, and promote the development of new energy industry and industrial competitiveness. In terms of the characteristics of the new energy industry itself, the new energy products have obvious environmental friendly, the earnings are not exclusive, belonging to public products. The positive externality of the industry has become a determining factor for Central Government support. At the same time, China’s new energy industry has its own characteristics, due to the late start, the boundary of government interests and the boundary of power are not clear, resulting in the new energy industry in China is weak, industry overcapacity contradiction is outstanding, the structure and industrial chain development are not reasonable [4] . The Central Government has adopted a series of measures, including the development of laws and regulations and industrial development planning, financial support policy, technology research and development innovation policies, to some extent, promote the development of China’s new energy industry. But there are some problems, such as overcapacity. Therefore, combing the characteristics and policy objectives of the Central Government behavior, and using the results of questionnaires to analyze the public’s satisfaction with the Central Government’s new energy policy are conducive to the Central Government to better promote the development of new energy industries.

2. Literature Review

The China government “is an important issue for developing and transition economies” [5] . The government determines the direction of economic development and industry planning, and often takes fiscal and taxation relief [6] [7] [8] , technical support, safeguard fair and other means to support high-tech industry [9] [10] . China’s new energy industry is still in the primary stage of development, there are many problems and development bottleneck. So the market defect forces the government to become the driving force of the development of the new energy industry. The Central Government has gradually listed the new energy industry as an important part of the economic and social strategy [11] , and introduced a series of guiding policies and incentives to achieve a leap forward development.

The development of new energy industry in the whole world is also relying on the promotion of policies. The development of the new energy industry of America takes its’ place in the front ranks of the world, and the policy systems are relatively perfect. The United States federal tax law on renewable energy technology R & D has the incentive to promote the development of new energy industry [12] . Besides, the life cycle of alternative energy technologies is analyzed, the cost of private and social costs (including external costs, net tax costs and subsidies) are investigated, and achieve “Internalization of external costs” [13] . In general, the US government needs to find a suitable way to develop new energy industry, which is to focus on environmental policy or to reduce costs through market pressure [14] . Canada’s new energy policy formulation doped more political factors, not only strengthening the government intervention, but also taking the spontaneous market formation of the fixed price purchase system [15] . Europe’s policy has its own characteristics. EU countries are more participants, the development level is different, such as Turkey in the EU’s new energy policy framework, Turkey needs to learn from the EU experience, reduce the approval process [16] . Therefore, the smooth implementation of the EU policy, the members of EU need to explore ways to have a sense of identity among different countries [17] . However, the previous literature did not analyze the behavior of China’s Central Government in the development of new energy industry, so which makes this paper research has some theoretical and practical significance.

3. Method

In this paper, a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the Central Government new energy policy and the public satisfaction with the policy.

On the one hand, in view of this paper is mainly about the Central Government new energy behavior and satisfaction analysis, so this essay mainly to take qualitative analysis method to collect and analyze the focus and main approaches of the Central Government’s new energy polices. According to limitation statistics, the Central Government issued 111 documents from 1997 to 2016. Documents mainly come from the ministries websites. This essay will analyze the distribution frequency of the new energy policies in the national institutions, and sort out the purpose of the implementation of those new energy policies in order to understand the focus of the Central Government. On the other hand, in order to investigate the social public satisfaction on the Central Government new energy policy, this essay takes the form of questionnaires. The poll gave out 30 questionnaires, and the amount of effective questionnaires is 30. The investigation object is the social public, and assigned randomly. The questionnaire is single choice, and the results of the analysis take the combination of qualitative and quantitative way. The method of quantitative analysis is analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and the Fuzzy Mathematics to evaluate the new energy policy of the Central Government and whether it has reached the degree of public satisfaction based on the results of the questionnaire.

4. Findings

4.1. Focus of the Central Government New Energy Policy

From the Central Government policy formulation and promulgation of the Department’s perspective, in the 111 policy documents, at least including 17 departments, and more than one file are promulgated and implemented by ministries jointly. The National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy

Board accounted for 23.4%, followed by the Ministry of Finance to reach 15.2%. Detailed ministries distribution are shown in Table 1.

Table 1. The distribution of the new energy policy of the central government during 1997-2016.

111 policy documents contain a wide range of nine aspects, in the four areas of photovoltaic, wind energy, biomass energy and new energy vehicles, which are used in the production of the whole industrial chain. Nine policy oriented content by large to small, and the proportion is relatively reasonable. Detailed classifications are shown in Table 2.

4.2. The Main Approaches and Objectives of the Central Government Actions

According to nine policies oriented of the Central Government’s new energy policy, combined with sample 111 new energy policy, this essay illustrates the main actions of each policy under the guidance of the specific text, and lists the relevant policy and policy provisions. Table 3 for details.

Government policies mainly including the legal means, administrative means, financial instruments, taxation and other means, aiming at different policy for different means, and so forth.

The Central Government’s new energy policy means are pretty abundant, combined with the policy guidance. They have become a complex policy system and conduction mechanism. Comprehensive consideration of the new energy industry development process, the policy promulgated departments and policy means, it will be found the policy has some distinct characteristics and clear purposes:

Table 2. The central government’s new energy policy oriented frequency statistics during 1997-2016.

Table 3. The new energy policy of the central government.

First of all, the industry plannings update frequently and promoting policies keep close pace with markets. In recent years, new energy industry product structure is not balanced, excess capacity and capacity shortage both exist, inadequate infrastructure facilities, intensified corporate reshuffle process have resulted in greater pressure to survive for development of new energy enterprise in all fields, therefore the government has promoted industry planning to make industrial development goals, has increased infrastructure construction of new energy, has promoted new energy products to expand domestic demands, and these have a positive role to maintain the survival or development of emerging industries.

Secondly, policy guidance has pluralism extends and effective combination with policy approaches. Nine policy guidances, combining with five policy instruments, are helpful to reduce the time lag of new energy policy implementation and improve the effectiveness. New energy industry is a field with openness, complexity and professionalism. Openness gives the vitality of new energy industry. Cross collection of different industries have great benefits to new energy industry chain extending and kinds of production enriching. Through multi-perspectives and multi-levels policy system with implementing approaches, guaranteeing new energy policy has right targets and proper tightness in corresponding market nodes, and it guaranteed healthy developments of new energy industry in policy level.

4.3. Results of Questionnaires

In terms of background, the sex ratio of respondents is respectively 63.33% and 36.67%, mainly ages of 20 to 30 (73.33%), students and PhD have a relatively high percentage of the respondents, reached 66.67% and 63.33% respectively. In cognition on new energy products, about two thirds of respondents are not engaged in new energy industry, and know nothing about new energy industry. But, few respondents have bought new energy products, 80% of respondents have used those products. It is easy to understand 53.33% of respondents know something about the new energy subsidy policy. In terms of social public evaluation and satisfaction on the Central Government new energy policy, the whole is comparatively satisfied. In order to more comprehensively evaluate the public satisfaction on the Central Government new energy policy, the essay focuses on five aspect of energy security, energy-saving and emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development and energy consumption. The social comprehensive evaluation on the energy policy will be analyzed in two steps. First of all, this essay uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to get energy security, energy-saving and emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, energy consumption in the proportion of new energy policy. Secondly, this essay uses the Fuzzy Mathematics Method to get the social comprehensive evaluation on new energy policy. In terms of social public evaluation of government intervention on the development and future expectations of new energy industry, 83.33% of respondents agreed with the Central Government to keep intervention on this field. All respondents think government intervention is helpful to improve the social cognition of new energy products, and the future development of China new energy industry is optimistic.

4.4. Application of Fuzzy Matrix

Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to determine the weight of all aspects of the new energy policy. The essay make energy security, energy-saving emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, energy consumption the status of the weight in China’s energy industry policy set to, , , and. Measure weight vector of new energy policy are, ,. Using the analytic hierarchy process to determine the weights of the new energy policy measures are as follows:

Energy security, energy saving and emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, five aspects of energy consumption in China’s new energy policy accounted for position of relative importance ranking survey data. In the survey data, the respondents believe that the most important ranking is 1, the least important ranking is 5, and so on. According to the importance of the original survey data to carry out the weight of the order of the two encoding. The corresponding to the 10 ,2 corresponding to the 7, 3 corresponding to the 5, 4 corresponding to 3, 5 is 1; for example, the importance order of the order 1, 3, 5, 4, 2 corresponding to the weight of the two encoding values are 10, 5, 1, 3, 7. Make energy security, energy-saving emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, energy consumption two aspects of the 5 aspects of the weight of the encoding values are added to the overall ranking. Energy security, energy-saving emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, energy consumption two aspects of the 5 aspects of the weight of the 5 times encoding values were 560, 824, 940, 900 and 1069, indicating that the relative importance of the energy industry in order to sort the order of energy consumption, economic development, industrial structure, energy-saving emission reduction, energy security. The relative importance of the 5 aspects of energy policy is formed by the two-two comparison matrix. According to the analytic hierarchy process, the choice of the scale is 1 - 9, which is the difference between the maximum and the minimum value of 9. Get relative importance matrix, see Table 4.

Table 4. The relative importance between the new energy policy in all aspects of the two two comparison matrix.

To determine the weight of each aspect of the new energy policy, the two-two comparison matrix of the relative importance of the various aspects of the new energy policy. Come to energy security, energy saving and emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, energy consumption of the 5 aspects of weight vector is.

On the basis of determining the weight of each aspect of the new energy industry, the comprehensive evaluation of the new energy policy is using the fuzzy mathematics method. The social evaluation of the new energy policy in every aspect including satisfied, comparatively satisfied, not quite satisfied and dissatisfied. According to the social assessment of the energy security of the new energy policy, 10% of the respondents said they were satisfied, 50% of the respondents said they were comparatively satisfied, 40% of the respondents said they were not quite satisfied, 0% of the respondents said they were not satisfied, thus get the evaluation of the new energy policy security satisfaction fuzzy vector is (0.1, 0.5, 0.4, 0). In the same way, it can be concluded that energy saving and emission reduction, industrial structure, economic development, and energy consumption are evaluated by fuzzy vector are (0.07, 0.53, 0.37, 0.03), (0.1, 0.63, 0.23, 0.04), (0.1, 0.67, 0.23, 0), (0.07, 0.6, 0.33, 0.18). Get comprehensive evaluation matrix of new energy satisfaction of Central Government.

The new energy policy of the central government in all aspects of weight vector and new energy policy satisfaction evaluation matrix, and to get the new energy policy satisfaction evaluation vector:

If the essay further calculate the social satisfaction of the new energy policy, we will be satisfied, comparatively satisfied, not quite satisfied and not satisfied with the value of +4, +2, −2, −4, then it can get the social satisfaction of the new energy policy of the central government. The evaluation value is 0.6628. It can be concluded that the new energy policy of the central government is still comparatively satisfied.

5. Conclusion

The Central Government clarifies the essence of development of new energy industry in China, makes purpose of promoting new energy technology progress, enhances the core competitiveness of new energy enterprises and adjusting energy consumption institutions, uses method of the legal guidance, and demonstration projects and fiscal policy, and so on. Policies promulgated by the main form of the new energy policy system have played an important role for the development of new energy industry in China. But, there are some problems at the same time can be concluded from questionnaires. For example, lack of public participation awareness and lack of new energy production penetration. The social public’ attitude to the Chinese Central Government intervention in general speaking is a positive. Meanwhile, the public also welcome the central government to maintain a certain degree of intervention. Therefore, the Central Government should focus on the actual development of China’s new energy industry, improve the imperfections in the work in order to better promote the development of new energy industry in China. However, this paper does not make specific research on implementation of the policy, so the policy performance will be more in-depth analysis in the future.

Cite this paper

Dong, H.X. and Zhao, H. (2017) The Central Government Behavior Analysis in Development of Chinese New Energy Industry. Low Carbon Economy, 8, 41-50. https://doi.org/10.4236/lce.2017.82004

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