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Environmental Sustainability Fellow Has Key Role in China's Emissions Reduction Plan

| Summer 2015

Dongsheng Wu has an important role in the development and implementation of China's plans to reduce carbon emissions and, subsequently, climate change. As director of the Department of Climate Change at the Shanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Wu is responsible for developing a greenhouse gas emissions policy for Shanxi, a region with the highest coal production and highest energy intensity in China.

A senior economist with extensive experience in renewable energy and climate change, Wu arrived at Harvard Kennedy School this spring as the first fellow in the China Enviromental Sustainability Fellows Program. The program, run jointly by the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, invites top Chinese practitioners working on environmental issues in the government or private sector to join efforts with others at the Kennedy School working on complementary issues.

Wu’s focus at the School is to research new ways to build up the renewable energy industry and promote low-carbon development in Shanxi Province and decrease emissions from coal. He is credited for his previous impact on improving local environmental policy.

“A meaningful carbon emissions reduction plan for China will have to include a low-carbon development plan for Shanxi Province, the locus of many of China’s largest coal production mines,” said Henry Lee, director of the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program.

Wu’s research focus, “Comparitive Study of U.S.-China Policies on Climate Change,” will culminate in a policy paper. His semester at the Center has been filled with activities that contribute to his research, including participation in numerous seminars and brainstorming meetings with faculty and fellows also working on energy and climate-related issues in China and the U.S.

“Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity,” Wu said. “By seizing the opportunity to address climate change, the United States and China can further broaden and deepen the comprehensive, multi-area, and long-term cooperation, and achieve mutual benefits and a win-win.”

“It’s my great honor," he said, "to serve as a bridge and ambassador between China and Harvard."

Wu said he is trying his utmost "to tell Harvard about the real China, about its culture, its history, its social and economic development." "I will also try my best," he said, "to tell China about the real Harvard, about its education, its talents, its strong academic resources, and its creative ability in scientific research."

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For Academic Citation: Wilke, Sharon. Environmental Sustainability Fellow Has Key Role in China's Emissions Reduction Plan.” Belfer Center Newsletter (Summer 2015).

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