Kevin Jianjun Tu

Former Senior Associate
Energy and Climate Program
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Tu was a senior associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where he led the organization’s work on China’s energy and climate policies.


Master’s degree, Resource Management, Simon Fraser University
Bachelor’s degree, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University


Chinese; English

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Kevin Jianjun Tu is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Kevin Jianjun Tu was a senior associate in the Carnegie Energy and Climate Program, where he led Carnegie’s work on China’s energy and climate policies. He is also a nonresident research fellow at the Canadian Industrial Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Centre.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Tu served as senior energy and environmental consultant from 2004 to 2011 for M. K. Jaccard and Associates, a premier energy and climate consulting firm in Vancouver. Before he moved from China to Canada in 2001, he was the director of marine operations at Sino-Benny LPG, China’s largest liquefied petroleum gas importer and distributor. From 1995 to 1997, he worked first as technical supervisor and then project manager for Sinopec, a Chinese national petroleum company. 

Tu is an experienced policy adviser and project manager who specializes in operations strategy and policy analysis of coal, oil, gas, and power sectors as well as in sustainable resource and environmental management. He has extensive connections with China’s energy industry, government, academia, and environmental NGOs. 

From 2007 to 2009, he was entrusted by the Canada School of Public Service to advise the Central Party School in Beijing on the environment and sustainable development. In 2009, he was appointed by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) as the lead consultant of the CCICED Task Force on Sustainable Use of Coal in China. 

He authored a report entitled “Industrial Organization of the Chinese Coal Industry” for the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University.

  • Export shale revolution, not gas itself.
    Op-Ed Scientific American February 25, 2013
    Export Shale Revolution Rather Than Gas

    While many export applications await approval to ship U.S. gas abroad, Washington should prioritize exporting the technology and expertise needed to responsibly replicate American shale success in other parts of the world.

  • Oil revolution may help US China relations.
    Op-Ed Energy Tribune January 28, 2013 中文
    United States Should Welcome Chinese Energy Investment

    Domestic politics have stifled how the United States and China handle energy investment from one another. As the dynamics of the U.S. and Chinese energy sectors change, new opportunities for cooperation will arise.

  • Op-Ed China Oil Trader January 28, 2013
    China’s Coal Plan Needs Political Accountability and Accurate Statistical Reporting

    To successfully meet China's goals of capping coal production and consumption, Beijing must pursue reforms in how energy data is reported. Statistical reporting should be done independent of local government officials to insure more accurate results.

  • Op-Ed East Asia Forum January 7, 2013
    Chinese Coal: Key to a Global Climate Solution

    Chinese coal emissions are a major contributor to climate change. Although the Chinese government has pledged to cap coal production and consumption by 2015, more effective policies are needed to reduce the use of coal in the country.

  • Op-Ed National Interest December 26, 2012
    Only a New Bloc Can Save the Climate

    It is time to move the global climate agenda forward by exploring alternative platforms for collaboration.

  • Op-Ed China Economic Review December 24, 2012 中文
    Letter from Doha

    With UN climate talks seemingly losing momentum, China should step up domestic mitigation ambitions, not least because they serve the country’s own interests.

  • Op-Ed China Daily November 2, 2012 中文
    Looking Beyond the Boundaries

    Chinese nuclear companies should explore overseas project opportunities by teaming up with leading international players.

  • Op-Ed Wall Street Journal October 24, 2012 中文
    Beijing’s Problem With Shale

    Shale gas can improve China's environment and energy security, but there are many barriers that will hinder China from duplicating America's shale revolution.

  • Op-Ed China Oil Trader July 11, 2012
    Feeding China’s Energy Appetite, Naturally

    China should follow its own offshore oil exploration model, offering international players access to its domestic shale gas market in return for cutting-edge technology.

  • Op-Ed chinadialogue April 24, 2012 中文
    Chinese Oil: An Evolving Strategy

    Chinese National Oil Companies, while owned by the government, increasingly base investment decisions on market signals rather than state orders. Their efforts to access oil and gas resources are helping to meet the challenge of high petroleum consumption levels.


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