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China Program

We aim to help China peak carbon emissions by 2030 and, with government and other partners, support China as it reduces its carbon intensity 60% by 2030.

What Is Our China Program?

In China, we partner with the government to help the nation profitably surpass its existing national energy and emissions targets, dramatically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and set a clear pathway for the developing world to follow. We’re working with China to peak carbon emissions earlier and lower, especially in a network of pioneering cities.

Why It Matters

The world cannot achieve a secure energy future unless its most energy- and carbon-intensive and populous countries lead the energy revolution. China is the world’s leading coal consumer and carbon dioxide emitter, but is also a world leader in renewables manufacturing and scaling.

What We’re Doing

We are supporting China in reducing its dependence on fossil fuels by:

Supporting leading Chinese cities to peak carbon emissions early and in line with the national peaking target of 2030

Driving practical, scalable pilots with government and business to accelerate the transformation of the industrial, buildings, and transportation sectors

Supporting power sector reform to enable corporations to procure renewable energy and enable the grid to integrate renewables‬

Who’s Involved

RMI's Beijing-based team works closely with core NGO partners, key Chinese government, business, and thought leaders—including leaders responsible for writing China’s 13th Five Year Plan, and the country’s social and economic development initiatives.

What We’ve Accomplished

With our partners, we've released the Reinventing Fire: China report, a groundbreaking energy roadmap for China that shows how the country can realize a six-fold economic growth by 2050 using almost the same amount of energy in 2050 as 2010, but with substantially more renewable energy and less coal. We've also provided technical and economic analysis along with policy recommendations to help inform energy decisions in China, including its commitments to the UNFCC process and its creation of the 13th Five-Year Plan. To put these plans into action, in 2016 we published the City Peaking Handbook, a comprehensive resource to guide cities on their mandate to cost-effectively peak emissions ahead of the 2030 national target.

Our Partners

Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of China

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China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Energy Foundation China

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OUR TEAM

Iain Campbell
Senior Fellow

Jon Creyts
Managing Director
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Lena Hansen
Managing Director
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Yihan Hao
Manager
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Dave Mullaney
Manager
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Dan Wetzel
Manager
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Ruosida (Star) Lin
Sr. Associate
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Jiayin Song
Sr. Associate
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Zhe Wang
Sr. Associate
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Hayes Zirnhelt
Sr. Associate
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Yiyan Cao
Associate
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Ye (Agnes) Li
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Shutong (Lucy) Lu
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Zihe Meng
Sr. Associate
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Tian Qiao
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Meng Wang
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Sha Liu
Sr. Communications Associate
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Danielle Li
Communications Associate
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Cynthia Ma
Office Manager
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Ting Li
Chief Rep.
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Caroline Zhu
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Quian Sun
Executive Assistant to Lena Hansen
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Resources

State of the Market 2018: Corporate Renewable Procurement In China

2018

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State of the Market 2017: Corporate Renewable Procurement in China

2017

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City Peaking and Decarbonization Best Practices

2017

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