China is the world’s largest energy producer, energy consumer and greenhouse gas emitter. Its energy and climate policies have profound effects on energy markets, geopolitics and the global environment.

The China Energy and Climate program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA has three goals: (1) to promote low-carbon development in China and around the world, (2) to inform stakeholders about Chinese energy and climate policies and (3) to promote cooperation between China and the US on energy and climate issues. To help achieve those goals, we produce objective, data-driven research, leveraging our home within a world-class university and deep relationships with Chinese research institutes and senior policymakers. We host conferences, roundtable discussions and off-the-record conversations with senior officials and thought leaders. We pay special attention to helping train the next generation.

Our theory of change is straightforward: informed dialogue helps promote change. We produce reliable, trusted research and analysis. We disseminate that research and analysis with many tools and on a wide range of platforms. We convene dialogues with key stakeholders, ranging from large on-the-record public events broadcast on multiple media channels to private off-the-record conversations. We help train tomorrow’s leaders.

Led by David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center and a former senior official at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy, the program draws on the expertise of the Center’s Fellows, Advisory Board and Faculty Affiliates in departments across Columbia University including the Law School, Business School, Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The program also draws on the expertise of Columbia University graduate students, including the more than 150 Chinese graduate students enrolled at SIPA each year. Columbia University’s extensive alumni network in China provides invaluable insights, relationships and support. Columbia University’s Global Center in the Haidian District of Beijing provides a venue for events and staff resources to assist the work of the program.

Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 

The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy by David Sandalow explores the impacts of climate change in China, and the effectiveness of policies designed to address climate change.

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Featured Research

Green Giants? China’s National Oil Companies Prepare for the Energy Transition

This report, part of the China Energy and Climate Program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, provides a baseline for understanding how China’s NOCs are responding to climate change.

Getting to 30-60: How China’s Biggest Coal Power, Cement, and Steel Corporations Are Responding to National Decarbonization Pledges

This report, part of the China Energy and Climate Program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, assesses how China’s high-emitting industries have responded to the 30-60 targets and the accompanying elevation of climate within national policy priorities.

USA and China

In a new commentary, Aimee Barnes, Dr. Fan Dai, & Angela Luh take a close look at the Biden-Harris presidential platform with respect to climate action and China.


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