Energy Foundation China Introduction

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published Jan 19, 2014 05:35 PM, last modified Aug 05, 2016 11:44 PM

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 2002. Over the years, our pool of funders has been growing and our cumulative grantmaking in China has reached more than USD240 million by 2015.

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, the development of new standards, capacity building, and dissemination of best practices in the seven sectors of clean power, environmental management, industry, low-carbon development, sustainable cities, transportation, as well as strategic communications.

Energy Foundation China has worked with more than 630 grantees. These grantees are the leading policy research institutes, academies, think tanks, and standardization bodies in China and abroad. By 2015, the number of projects we have funded has reached 2300.

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.


Key projects supported by Energy Foundation China:

  • Re-inventing Fire China study
  • Green fiscal and tax policies program
  • Research on China Natitonal Energy Conservation Action Plan
  • Large scale commercial building retrofit
  • 2050 high renewable energy penetration study
  • Demand side management cities program
  • Policy assessments and recommendations for achieving the air quality target in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region
  • Development and implementation of vehicle fuel economy standards in China
  • Low-carbon city plan of Chenggong
  • Research and pilots on policies, standards and labeling scheme of sustainable product and consumption
  • Shanghai street design manual and urban retrofit pilots
  • Urban design technical guideline and related policy studies


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


Our key funders

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



Home page slide show: Clean Power, 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
Clean Power page: Al Puente/NREL


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