China 2030/2050 Initiative

China 2030/2050 Initiative

This Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment initiative aims to reconcile development with environmental protection in China over the coming decades, and it works to benefit Sino-US scholarly engagement in related fields.

Project Title

China 2030/2050 Initiative:
Reconciling Development with Environmental Protection

The rapid pace of industrialization in China poses challenges to the country’s atmospheric and environmental conditions. This project increases our understanding of these effects, examines public policy approaches, and explores alternative strategies for more sustainable development.

Project Summary

This research initiative of the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment is inspired by challenges facing development and environmental protection in China over the coming decades, as well as by an appreciation of the benefits of Sino-US scholarly engagement in related fields. The initiative leverages strengths across Harvard into collaborative research with Chinese institutions on the nexus of climate change, air quality, renewable energy, economic development, urban transportation, environmental health, and policy. It involves nine faculty members from five Schools at Harvard, and approximately a dozen collaborating faculty at eight Chinese universities and research institutes.

Specific research topics include atmospheric transport and chemistry; atmospheric measurement (at two atmospheric observatories); renewable power and grid integration; economic development; environmental health (particularly population health risk of atmospheric particulate matter and ozone exposures); urban transport, land use, air pollution, and health (in the Chinese city of Chengdu); and integrated assessment of economy, energy, emissions, air quality, health, and policy.

In 2017 the initiative conducted an intensive summer course on China’s environmental challenges as well as seminars, public lectures, symposia, film screenings, and other events.

Partner Affiliations In China

Tsinghua University
Nanjing University
Peking University
Chinese Academy of Sciences (2 institutes)
National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
China University of Mining and Technology

See also: 2015

Principal Investigators

  • Michael Elroy

    Michael B. McElroy

    Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Dale Jorgenson

    Dale Jorgenson

    Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • AndreiI

    2018 Harvard-China Project Summer Environmental Research Assistants gather in downtown Beijing to explore the city sights.

    Left to right: Andrei Iliescu, Irene Lu, Caleb Ren, Aditya Mahadevan.

  • MJFieldwork

    Harvard students Shannon Beattie and Andrei Iliescu preparing dinner after fieldwork.

    They helped install a system to treat groundwater polluted by arsenic in a village in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China.

  • MJgroup

    The Harvard-China Project Summer Environmental Research Assistants explore the Forbidden City in Beijing.

    Andrei Iliescu, Aditya Mahadevan, Irene Lu, China Project Program Manager Tiffany Chan, Julia Henry, Caleb Ren, & Katie Schluntz

  • MJDrewP

    Andrew Pendergrass worked on ozone's relationship with various meteorological conditions using U.S. and Chinese data.

    Andrew (second from left) with Professor Amos Tai (far left) and his lab at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • MJSummer17

    2017 Summer School at Tsinghua University School of Environment

    This two-week session included Harvard students and international students with Harvard faculty.