Our Mission

The Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change aims to drive ambitious clean energy and climate change mitigation solutions in the United States, China, and globally through world-class scientific research combined with impactful leadership training and targeted communications and outreach.


In December 2014, Dr. Chen Jining—then President of Tsinghua University—approached the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) with the idea of forming a collaborative research partnership to address the many challenges of meeting ambitious sustainable energy goals in China and the United States. With this belief in the power of collaborative and collective innovation, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, in partnership with Tsinghua University of Beijing, China, established the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change in May 2016.

Achieving U.S. and China sustainable energy goals will require the development and adoption of significant technology advances. By bringing together the incredible pool of talented faculties, postdoctoral fellows, and students across the three partner institutions through collaborative research and education programs, we aim to stimulate cutting-edge solutions and build partnerships that lead to significant, lasting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and China.