This duality is mirrored in the Western world’s contradictory images of China – as both the world’s number one polluter that wrecked the Copenhagen deal, and the world’s biggest investor in – and hottest market for – renewable energy.

This policy brief is part of SEI’s ‘Emerging Economies and Climate Change’ series, including briefs on the BASIC group, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, and the USA.

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