Mind the gap! Barriers and implementation deficiencies of energy policies at the local scale in urban China

by Jing Wu, , Christian Zuidema , Katharina Gugerell , Gert de Roo 


Highlights
Energy efficiency policies are ill-adapted to the diversity of local circumstances.
Predominant focus on conformance in energy policies overlooks local performance.
Pursuing ambitions runs the risk of being undermined by strict measuring systems.
Chinese energy transition needs more flexibility in target setting and evaluation.

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