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Jun 30, 2015

A proposal of China's ZEV program design

This brief is meant to inspire Chinese EV stakeholders to converse on the topic of ZEV program design and action plan for China. A former iCET report described the California ZEV program, evaluated its effectiveness through qualitative and quantitative research, and studied its history and inception process. This former work was introduced to national and local stakeholders in China, including the government, academic, and private sectors through workshops, round tables, and meetings. The process of stakeholders’ engagement was important on its own, as it unveiled concerns and challenges facing a China-tailored program.
Apr 20, 2015


As the world's largest developing country, coal consumer, and green house gas emitter, China is confronted with challenges that are more urgent and arduous as its transforms toward a clean and low-carbon energy system. The China 2050 High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario and Roadmap Study set out to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of having high renewable energy penetration by 2050 based on economic, environment, and carbon emission constraints, and backcast the policies and programs needed at different points in time to make this a reality.
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 3, 2015

10 Key Principles for Local Air Quality Management

As China’s government moves to more assertively reduce air pollution, Energy Foundation China and its partners Clean Air Alliance of China, ClimateWorks, and the Regulatory Assistance Project have compiled a list of 10 key principles for sound air quality management. These principles are offered to China’s local governments to assist them in meeting their increasingly demanding air quality improvement targets. They can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) – an environmental issue that China is also now taking stronger actions on. These principles help reduce air pollution and GHGs at the same time, bringing synergy and cost-effectiveness to air quality and climate policy.
Dec 10, 2014

Climate Change and Urbanization: Challenges & Progress in China

On December 10th, 2014, five international environmental organizations jointly released the above titled report during the COP 20 climate conference in Lima, Peru.
Nov 1, 2014

ZEV credits regulation and cap and trade program

This project is aimed at evaluating recent innovative schemes for incentivizing sustainable vehicle and fuel production and financing clean transportation technology development through the industry players themselves. The first, the California Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) credit scheme, is unique program that evolved over a twenty year period and was able to drive local low-emissions vehicle innovations through a mandate combined with market-based implementation mechanism. The second is a recent Cap-andTrade scheme aimed at incentivizing energy and fuel supply through market forces. The two programs, although not officially linked, are both serving similar air-quality improvement and fuel and GHG emissions reduction targets under the state’s scoping plan for better air quality and later on - reduced GHG emissions. After outlining these programs’ development and evaluating their success, this report will highlight the potential and impediments for similar programs design for implementation in Chinese cities.
Nov 1, 2014

ZEV credits introduction and Tesla case study

This report is aimed at introducing the California ZEV-Credits Program, a recent innovative scheme for incentivizing sustainable vehicle production and financing clean transportation technologies development through the transportation sector. The Program’s success will be evaluated through a single case study of world’s leading California-based electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors. This report will end with initial suggestions for policy-makers and related stakeholders on how a similar program could be evaluated and tailored for use in China.
Oct 11, 2014

Can Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Achieve Their PM2.5 Targets by 2017?

In this study, we combined Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional emission inventories and Community MultiScale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling to evaluate the air quality improvement effect in the region.
Sep 22, 2014

Analysis on the Carbon Emission Reduction Co-benefit of Coal Cap Policy in China's Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan

This study shows that coal consumption control can significantly contribute to both air pollution control and Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) reduction. The CO2 reduction co-benefits brought by such policy may vary via implementing different coal use substitution plans. This study suggests that local governments should consider maximizing the CO2 reduction co-benefits when designing coal consumption reduction and substitution plans.
Sep 22, 2014

Analysis of carbon reduction co-benefit of coal cap policy

This study shows that coal consumption control can significantly contribute to both air pollution control and Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) reduction.

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