Policies and actions to support achievement of China’s current Paris Agreement goals—and to increase the ambition of China’s commitments in the future—need to be fundamentally based on scientific research, including best practices and case studies from around the world. Tsinghua University, UC Berkeley, and Berkeley Lab are three of the world’s preeminent institutions undertaking research in the area of China’s energy and climate change policy.
The Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change (BTJRC) focuses on conducting policy-relevant research to understand China’s unique and interrelated challenges of development, energy, and environment, and providing integrated policy and technology solutions to support China’s ambitious climate change mitigation goals, such as:
- Low Emissions Policy and Technology Pathways
- Clean Power System Planning and Integration
- Early Peaking, Low Carbon Cities
- Environmental Constraints of Fossil Fuel Use
- Economics of Low-Carbon Transformation
The BTJRC’s 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 requires both new technological and institutional solutions.