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