Climate Energy Project

Climate Energy Project

Climate and Energy is a major part of WRI’s work both at our Washington, DC headquarters and through the Beijing office. For our climate and energy strategy in China, WRI works with many partners, in the Chinese government, research institutions, universities, NGOs and business. Our work is divided into four major areas:

Sectoral focus – developing on tools and analysis, including assessment, financing, information dissemination and other needs, to assist in reducing emissions in major segments of the economy.

Key elements include:

Measuring and planning reductions in heavy industry, particularly the cement and power sectors.

Developing innovative financing instruments for funding energy efficiency.

Identifying and developing strategies to eliminate barriers to adopting cleaner technologies.

Spacial focus – assisting in the efforts to develop provincial and city-level low carbon plans, including analysis, assessment and implementation.

Key efforts include:

Working with specific local governments (currently in Jiangsu and Guangdong) to develop their low carbon plans.

International and communications – promoting international agreements through analysis and knowledge sharing.

Major efforts include:

The ChinaFAQs network, informing international efforts about climate and energy efforts and results in China.

Collaboration with DRCNet to provide WRI research on climate to Chinese policymakers.

Briefings for Chinese analysts and policymakers on WRI research on US and other international developments.

Carbon capture, use and storage – addressing major policy needs to enable the deployment of CCUS.

Key components include:

Developing regulatory guidelines for the environmental, health and safety aspects of CCS.

Developing approaches to implementing CCUS – carbon capture, use and storage.

Innovating approaches to international cooperation and financing to enable deployment.

WRI does not work alone. All of these programs are conducted in close partnership with local stakeholders. WRI consults regularly with the Chinese government, universities, companies and NGOs to design and implement its programs. Our partners in our climate and energy work include Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the China Cement Association, the China Building Materials Academy, and the China Electricity Council, among others.


Principal Advisor to WRI's climate and energy program