Sustainability Science Program

Sust Dev of Energy Sector in China

Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in China: Challenges and Options

This initiative addresses the environmental implications of energy policies in China and the challenges that arise when designing and implementing environmental and energy policy. Our research is on developing low-carbon pathways for sustainable development, inducing low-carbon energy technology innovation, and overcoming transmission-capacity barriers for wind power. We have completed work on water resources and market mechanisms for water rights trading, buildings and energy efficiency, low-carbon development policies for Shanghai, and electrification of China’s transport sector. We are collaborating with scholars at Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and practitioners from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC). We jointly sponsored two workshops with the Center for Science, Technology and Education Policy at Tsinghua University. The first in 2014 was on the use of market mechanisms to achieve a low-carbon future for China. The second in 2015 was on energy technology in the wake of the China/U.S. emissions reduction agreement.