Energy Foundation China Introduction

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published Jan 19, 2014 05:35 PM, last modified Jul 25, 2014 11:26 AM

Energy Foundation China, established in Beijing in 1999, is a grantmaking charity organization dedicated to China’s sustainable energy development. It is registered under the Ministry of Civil Affairs as Energy Foundation Beijing Representative office and supervised by the National Development and Reform Commission of China. It is a part of the Energy Foundation, which is based in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Energy Foundation China, previously known as China Sustainable Energy Program, was initiated with funding from the Packard foundation in 1999 and the Hewlett foundations in 2001. Over the years, our pool of funders has been growing and our cumulative grantmaking in China has reached more than USD200 million.

Our mission is to assist in China's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. We support policy research, standard development, capacity building, and best practices dissemination in the eight sectors of buildings, electric utilities, environmental management, industry, low-carbon development, renewable energy, sustainable cities and transportation.

Energy Foundation China has worked with more than 440 grantees. These grantees are the leading policy research institutes, academies, think tanks, and standardization bodies in China and abroad. The number of projects we have funded has reached 1560.

To better meet China's energy and environment challenges and help build a sustainable energy future, we will leverage our program areas' deep technical expertise, strengthen team collaboration and innovation, and focus our resources on the most pressing issues.

Major projects recently supported by Energy Foundation China:

  • China’s low carbon development pathways by 2050
  • China top-10, 000 enterprises energy efficiency program
  • 2050 high renewable energy penetration study
  • Demand side management cities program
  • A study on the evaluation system for regional air quality management 
  • The development and implementation of vehicle fuel economy standards in China
  • Low-carbon city plan of Chenggong
  • Research on national implementation regulations of the 25.6billion state subsidy for energy efficiency products
  • Research on national incentive policies, construction and management mode for green building districts
  • 100 energy efficiency standards program


Our key grantees:

  • Development Research Center of the State Council
  • Energy Research Institute of NDRC
  • Research Institute for Fiscal Science
  • China Academy of Building Research
  • China National Institution of Standardization
  • China Energy Research Society
  • China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
  • China Academy of Transportation Sciences
  • China Academy of Sciences
  • Tsinghua University
  • Peking University
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Our current key funders

  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Stiftung Mercator Foundation




Home page slide show: Transportation and Buildings, Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Programs Overview page: Transportation and Buildings, Dennis Schroeder/NREL; Industry, photo courtesy of ClimateWorks Foundation
Transportation Program page: Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Electric Utilities: Al Puente/NREL