East Asia is a key region in the global economy, including both the second and third largest global economies already and, led by China, continuing to expand at a rapid rate. This economic growth has led to unprecedented gains in prosperity in the region but it has also led to increasing environmental pressures and energy issues.
This book assesses ways in which East Asia can continue or even increase existing rates of economic growth while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental degradation. Using advanced modelling approaches, future scenarios for four East Asian countries are assessed in detail, including analysis of particular challenges in each country (e.g. coal power in China, nuclear power in Japan). Prospects for each country's energy system are assessed in detail and the potential effects of various types of Environmental Tax Reform in the four countries are also considered carefully. The final section of the book explores the interaction between trade liberalization, a key driver of growth, and emission levels in the East Asia region.
Soocheol Lee is Professor of Faculty of Economics, Meijo University in Japan. He graduated from Seoul National University and received his PhD at the Graduate School of Kyoto University. He had worked for Federation of Korean Industry as a team leader of Economic Research Department. He has written many books and papers on energy and environmental policy design and cooperation for sustainable low carbon economy in East Asia.
Hector Pollitt is a Director and Head of International Modelling at Cambridge Econometrics, with extensive expertise in the development and application of macroeconomic modelling approaches for policy assessment. He has made significant contributions to several official assessments of energy and climate policy in the European Union and is responsible for development of the global E3ME simulation model.
Park Seung-Joon is Professor of the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. He received his PhD at the Graduate School of Kobe University. He majors in environmental economics and policies, especially in the field of the environmental tax reform and energy policies, and has published several books and papers in this field.