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August 2014
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), University of Oxford
Over the course of the last two decades, the issues surrounding technological innovation, investor behaviour, and business resilience have become magnified in the context of environmental change. This has helped to bring forward the issue of stranded assets as a sustainability concern beyond regulatory action on competition policy. This paper, produced to help inform an International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and UNEP Inquiry collaboration with policymakers in China, examines the risks and opportunities associated with stranded assets, provides five international case studies, and identifies how these issues might be relevant to Chinese policy makers.