The Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change focuses on policy-relevant research to understand China’s unique and interrelated challenges of development, energy, and environment. Our operating philosophy is to create an open network of interdisciplinary researchers that can bring scientific approaches to the formidable challenge of transforming China’s energy sector—which will require both new technological and institutional solutions.
Policies and actions that support achievement of China’s current Paris Agreement goals—and that work to increase the ambition of China’s future commitments—need to be based on scientific research, including best practices and case studies from around the world. Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Tsinghua University are three of the world’s preeminent institutions undertaking research in the area of China’s energy and climate change policy.
To approach these challenges, our research pursues integrated policy and technology solutions, such as:
- Low emissions policy and technology pathways
- Clean power system planning and integration
- Early peaking, low carbon cities in China
- Environmental constraints of fossil fuel use
- Economics of low-carbon transformation
See the links below for more details on our current research projects and publications.