Dr. Fan Dai

Dr. Fan
Director of California-China Climate Institute


Dr. Fan Dai is the director of California-China Climate Institute, and adjunct faculty at Energy and Resource Group, University of California, Berkeley. She previously served as special advisor on China to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where she chaired the state’s China Interagency Working Group and acted as the state’s liaison on its critical climate and environment initiatives with China. Dr. Dai received her BS in law from Beijing Forestry University, her master of law from Berkeley Law, University of California, and her doctoral degree on environmental policy and economics from State University of New York at Syracuse.

October 20, 2020

China’s dramatic economic growth this century has made it not only the second largest economy in the world, but also the biggest energy producer and consumer and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. As reflected in the reactions to China’s...

Almost 70 countries and the EU have already pledged to make their economies ‘net-zero’ greenhouse gas emitters by mid-century © AP

There must be short-term emissions cuts along with commitments to be carbon neutral by 2060

China Sinopec

Dr. Erica Downs and Sheng Yan explore the implications of the establishment of the China Oil & Gas Piping Network Corporation (PipeChina) on global gas markets.

China renewables

In a new commentary, Anders Hove examines China’s recent energy policy announcements and their implications for the 14th Five-Year Plan, which will set energy policy for the period from 2021–2025.

Global Energy Dialogue

The Center on Global Energy Policy and Center for International Energy and Environment Strategy Studies at Renmin University convened a joint Zoom workshop on green stimulus programs in the US and China. This summary highlights the main points of the discussion. 


Philippe Benoit & Kevin Jianjun Tu examine the energy and environmental implications of China's hybrid development status.


A new report from the Center on Global Energy Policy explores the implications of China's status as a developing country. Read the infographic that summarizes key takaways from the  report. 

Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast

As China’s reported number of coronavirus cases hovers close to zero and the country begins charting an ambitious economic recovery, one question emerging is how the pandemic affects China’s outlook for energy and...


In a new commentary, Kevin Tu describes the evolution of the Chinese energy economy and assesses COVID-19’s impacts on the Chinese energy sector.