RAP assists China's decision-makers in developing and implementing policies that promote sustainable economic development, increased energy reliability, and improved air quality and public health, which in turn produce substantial and permanent reductions in the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Working with the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), we provide technical assistance and international expertise on energy efficiency, market and regulatory reform, renewable resources, and environmental policy. Our network of international partners includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's China Energy Group, the Center for Resource Solutions, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
RAP has been working in China since 1999 and maintains a full-time office in Beijing.
The Chinese government has just finalized Deepening Reform of the Power Sector, a policy document co-signed by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council. The Chinese media have...Learn More
Improved air quality is one of China’s top public policy goals. Since 2008, RAP has been working with environmental agencies at the local, regional, and national levels to develop expertise in all...Learn More
Since 2010, China has announced a series of increasingly comprehensive and stringent measures to improve air quality, including the landmark Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan...Learn More
Despite extensive literature on renewable energy in China, the constraints faced by industry and regulators in expanding and integrating renewable energy into power systems remain opaque. Even power...Learn More
China has used demand response to solve power supply shortages and react to power incidents since the 1990s. Traditional Chinese demand response is organized under the “orderly use of...Learn More
Low-Carbon Power Sector Regulation: International Experience from Brazil, Europe, and the United States
With the power sector in China accounting for more than half of annual coal consumption, it will play a key role in meeting the government’s goals to reduce carbon emissions, reduce coal...Learn More
On 4 November 2014, China’s powerful economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), released Notice for Transmission and Distribution Rate Reform Pilot in...Learn More
China’s power sector accounts for about a quarter of global coal consumption. The Chinese government’s economy-wide energy and environmental plans outlined in the 12th Five-Year Plan...Learn More
China set ambitious targets for solar, with a goal of 35 GW by 2015 and 100 GW by 2020. China has 12 GW of solar, with 3 GW of that being distributed solar. Learn more about solar development in China.Learn More
RAP, in partnership with the Beijing office of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), develops and presents trainings in China on demand-side management (DSM) and energy efficiency.Learn More
In November 2010, China joined many other countries around the world in placing an energy efficiency obligation on the two large grid companies that supply electricity to end-use customers. The...Learn More
The efficiency power plant delivers load reduction with a level of reliability similar to the output from conventional power plant, using a carefully selected portfolio of energy efficiency projects.Learn More
While non-hydro renewable resources still only account for some 2 percent of China’s installed generation fleet, renewable energy in China has skyrocketed over the last decade.Learn More
In the early stages of establishing systems for air quality regulation, China has an opportunity to develop programs and institutions that simultaneously address the interrelated problems of climate change and air pollution cost-effectively. An important step in this direction occurred in May 2010, when China’s highest decision-making body, the State Council, issued a first-ever regulation on regional air quality management.Learn More
The most successful market-based mechanisms support programs that invest directly in energy efficiency. At a two-day workshop held in Beijing, RAP's David Crossley, Max Dupuy and Eoin Lees were among the international speakers who explored how market mechanisms could support China's climate change goals.Learn More
Power sector regulators will play a vital role in efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the years ahead. Neither carbon taxes nor cap-and-trade policies alone will achieve the sizeable reductions of GHG emissions that are needed. RAP proposes that in regulatory decisions, clean resources should get every reasonable preference over resources that have greater environmental impact.Learn More
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