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Is the US-China Climate Deal a Game-Changer?

Prof. Valerie Karplus talks with the Energy Collective's Jesse Jenkins. 

The announcement of a joint pledge to cut emissions between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China, made global headlines when it was announced in November. In this interview, Valerie Karplus, an asssistant professor in MIT's Sloan School of Managment, discusses the details of the deal.  More...


China Could Deliver on Its Carbon Promise Earlier than Expected

In an agreement announced last week, China and the United States, which together account for some 45 percent of the globe’s total carbon dioxide emissions, pledged to make significant efforts in the next 10 to 15 years to limit their CO2 emissions. More...

Carbon Emissions in China

How far can new efforts bend the curve?

MIT report finds that China's emissions could begin to drop in the coming decades.

The study released last month by the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy & Climate Project concludes that Chinese emissions will peak sometime between 2025 and 2035, if agressive measures like higher carbon and coal taxes are put in place.   More...


2014 MIT Energy Night

On Friday, October 17, 2014, CECP team participated in the MIT Energy Night at the MIT Museum between 6:00-9:00pm.

The MIT Energy Night provides an ideal opportunity to see what energy at MIT is all about and the CECP team presented two posters and interacted with hundreds of MIT students, faculty, energy companies, researchers and foreign business leaders. More...


China: Local incentives drive action on global climate change

Written by Da Zhang, Valerie J. Karplus and Zhang Xiliang.

As countries ponder post-2020 action to halt global climate change, China has emerged as a more determined and prepared contributor. Why? The need to address climate change is closely linked to urgent domestic priorities such as cleaning up the air and steering the economy toward a path of sustainable growth. More...

Recent Event

CECP Third Annual Meeting Launches China Energy Outlook

Report finds China's CO2 emissions could decrease in the coming decades if the country accelerates its energy and climate policies.

BEIJING—Addressing greenhouse gas emissions growth in China, the largest emitting nation, is essential to any global effort to mitigate climate change. Meanwhile, worsening domestic air quality has placed pressure on policymakers to develop comprehensive policy approaches that balance economic growth, local environmental protection, and global climate mitigation objectives. More...

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Calculating China’s Carbon Emissions from Trade

Tsinghua, MIT researchers find China’s plan to restructure the economy will have limited impacts on reducing global CO2emissions associated with the production and trade of goods.

China is the world’s second largest national economy and its largest exporter. This growth has come at a cost, with energy demands and associated environmental damages on the rise. China is now the world leader in consumer energy use and CO2 emissions. More...


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The Unintended Benefits of Pollution Rules

MIT researchers find China’s new SO2 and NOx regulations will also reduce CO2 emissions.

China’s unprecedented economic growth has created a more affluent society that demands more energy.  The current growth is leading to more emissions from power plants and industries, which threaten human health, the economy and the environment. More...

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Quantifying the Benefits of a National Emissions Trading System in China

MIT and Tsinghua University researchers compare the impacts of current provincial targets to a national emissions trading program.

In a study coming out in the November issue of Energy Economics, a group of researchers from MIT and Tsinghua University test the efficiency and equity of the provincial approach by comparing it to a national carbon-trading program. More...

In the News

MIT Students Win First-Place for Plan to Integrate Electric Cars on the Grid

Team takes first place in case competition tackling today’s energy challenges.

Four MIT students won first place in a competition by the U.S. Association of Energy Economics (USAEE) aimed at tackling today’s energy challenges and preparing solutions for policymakers and industry. More...

Introducing the China Energy and Climate Project

Multi-disciplinary research effort to develop new tools for tough questions

Multiple forecasts suggest that rapidly developing nations such as China will be responsible for most of the growth in carbon dioxide emissions over the next 50 years. This expectation is the driving force behind the formation of a new project involving researchers from MIT and China, known as the China Energy and Climate Project (CECP), which officially launched in October of 2011.

The CECP is an alliance between the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Institute for Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. At MIT, the CECP is associated with and supported by the MIT Energy InitiativeThe goal of the CECP is to analyze the impact of existing and proposed energy and climate policies in China on technology, energy use, the environment and economic welfare by applying — and, where necessary, developing — both quantitative and qualitative analysis tools. Read more.

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