Association Webinars: Energy Transition in China: Technology, Policy, and Society


In this webinar, we will discuss the efforts that China has made in its transition towards a green economy. With a focus on the energy market for green technologies that is of particular importance in the green transition, this webinar presents factors that drive energy transition from both the supply and demand side, and explores the challenges, opportunities, and prospects of energy transition in China. We will show how renewables and storage technologies and decreasing costs affect the energy market from the supply side, and how the project of Distributed Photovoltaic Poverty Alleviation and nationwide energy-saving week campaign drive the transition from the demand side. We will also discuss the development of China's national emission trading scheme and its implications on green transition.


Dr. Lin Zhang is an assistant professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong, with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Policy. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2016, he was a researcher associated with Centre of Economic Research at ETH Zurich, the Energy Science Center, Simulation Lab, and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition in Switzerland. Zhang's research aims to develop improved quantitative modeling approaches for the design, evaluation, and upgrade of sustainable energy policies at local, regional, and global levels. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in economics from ETH Zurich, double bachelor degrees from Peking University.


Dr. Yueming (Lucy) Qiu is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland College Park. Her research group focuses on using big data with quasi-experimental and experimental methods to answer empirical questions related to the interactions among consumer behaviours, energy technologies, and incentives. Dr. Qiu received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Gang He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, as well as a Visiting Faculty Affiliate with the International Energy Analysis Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research group focuses on energy system modeling, energy, environment, and sustainability. Dr. He received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from University of California at Berkeley. He also holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, an M.S. and B.S. in Geography from Peking University.

Dr. Da Zhang is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University. His research interests are the economic and environmental analyses of China's energy and climate policies, integrated assessment and power system modelling. Prior to joining Tsinghua, he worked at MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. He holds a PhD in management science and engineering and bachelor in industrial engineering, both from Tsinghua University.


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