The Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change (BTJRC) aims to drive ambitious clean energy and climate change mitigation policy through world-class scientific research combined with impactful leadership training and targeted communications and policy outreach.
In November 2014, President Obama and President Xi Jinping committed to ambitious climate change mitigation goals prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (known as COP21).
In the Paris Agreement, the United States pledged to reduce its emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. China pledged to “...achieve the peaking of carbon emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early,” and “...to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030.”
To achieve these ambitious goals, both countries will require significant technology advances—as well as the adoption of policies and programs to accelerate action, increase public understanding, and garner the political will necessary to truly make significant, lasting greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
In order to meet this challenge, and with a belief in the power of collaborative, collective innovation, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with Tsinghua University of Beijing, China, established the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change in May 2016.