Derek Newberry

Derek Newberry is a staff writer for NextBillion.net and a research assistant with the New Ventures project (www.new-ventures.org), where he analyzes the impact of small- and medium-sized enterprises on environmental and social conditions in emerging economies.

China's massive industrial sector is an economic juggernaut, helping to drive national gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of around 10 per cent per year. But while the country's highly productive factories and plants may be boosting national prosperity, their rapid expansion carries with it a serious environmental burden and costly energy inefficiencies that are increasingly becoming a barrier to China's sustainable development, thus contributing to climate change.