Wang Tao

Resident Scholar
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Wang, an expert on climate and energy issues, runs a program at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy that examines China’s climate and energy policies, with particular attention to transportation and international climate negotiation.


PhD, Environmental Economics, University of York
BA, Environmental Science, Fudan University


English; Mandarin Chinese


Wang Tao is a resident scholar in the Energy and Climate Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Linking the work of Carnegie’s programs in Beijing and its global centers in Washington, Moscow, Beirut, and Brussels, his research focuses on China’s climate and energy policy, with particular attention to unconventional oil and natural gas, transportation, electric vehicles, and international climate negotiation.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Wang was program manager at World Wildlife Fund China, working in the Climate and Energy Program on scenario analysis, energy policy, and climate change adaptation. From 2006 to 2009, he was a core researcher at the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Science and Technology Policy Research Department at the University of Sussex.

Wang is author of numerous articles in the journals Climate Policy, Energy Policy, and Science of the Total Environment. He is also a regular contributor to the Chinese Financial Times, the Diplomat, People’s Daily, and China Daily. Tao contributed to the State of the World 2009 report by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2007–2008. He is a contributing author to Energy for the Future and Introduction to Low Carbon Economy.

  • Podcast February 10, 2015
    China’s New Silk Road

    Xi Jinping’s One Belt and One Road plan promises to enhance economic cooperation throughout Eurasia, but it faces complex political and developmental challenges.

  • Op-Ed UKSA Analist Monthly Journal January 20, 2015 中文
    Middle East Detour on China’s New Silk Road?

    The Middle East is vital to China’s present and future energy interests, but the region’s thorny geopolitics make Chinese state-owned firms hesitant to make large investments there.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 10, 2014 中文
    Vladimir Putin’s Annual Address and Its Message

    Several Carnegie experts from different offices discuss the significance of Putin’s address to the future of Russia and its role in the international community.

  • Op-Ed Diplomat November 20, 2014 中文
    The Oil Slick on the Road to China-U.S. Climate Cooperation

    Without cooperation on oil, China’s transition to a sustainable energy future is hardly guaranteed.

  • Op-Ed China-US Focus October 14, 2014
    No Copenhagen Déjà Vu

    The Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009 demonstrated that a full house of nation’s leaders could not deliver any ambitious targets without their strong and collective willingness to take painful but necessary actions at home.

  • Op-Ed New York Times September 29, 2014 中文
    The U.S. Should Engage China

    The trade connection between the United States and China, if dealt with well, will lay a strong foundation to build a dynamic energy and climate partnership.

  • Podcast September 9, 2014
    Progress or Paralysis on Addressing Climate Change?

    Chinese officials would like developed countries to extend greater support to developing nations for their efforts to combat climate change. With more support, China would be willing to agree to more ambitious commitments.

  • Op-Ed Energy Transition August 19, 2014 中文
    China’s Choice in Transitioning Away From an Oil Regime

    China still has to continue the use of fossil fuels for the immediate future, but even in the very best scenario, shale gas and unconventional oil could only serve as transitional energy sources.

  • Op-Ed August 8, 2014 中文
    Energy and Climate Collaboration Key to U.S.-China Relations

    Successful collaboration on energy and climate matters may hold the key to unlocking the tight knot in wider U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

  • Op-Ed Diplomat May 23, 2014 中文
    Shared Energy Interests an Opportunity for Sino-Indian Cooperation

    As different as their economic and political systems are, China and India have much more to learn from each other’s success, and much more to gain together, in securing their shared critical sea lanes and energy supply.

  • CCTV News November 26, 2014
    Contributions to Global Effort to Address Climate Change

    China faces challenges in achieving the ambitious carbon emissions targets announced during APEC, yet the country’s progress on clean energy technology could also benefit other developing countries.

  • CCTV October 11, 2014
    China's Choking Smog: Learning From Countries With Similar Air-Quality Issues

    To alleviate air pollution over the long term, Beijing must clearly communicate reasonable pollutant target-levels and empower local regulators to legally enforce them, even if it means lower GDP growth.

  • CCTV September 12, 2014
    China’s New Electric Vehicle Policies

    Beijing is implementing a policy to bring five million electric vehicles to Chinese roads by 2020.

  • CCTV English June 18, 2014
    Central Asia Pipeline to Secure Gas for China

    While China has great ambitions in clean energy, the country is still a long way off from transitioning the majority of its power source to renewables.

  • CCTV March 12, 2014
    Going Green Now for China

    Dependence on cheap coal has resulted in high social and environmental costs for China which are only going to increase without the creation of policy framework for integrating less polluting technologies.

  • CCTV World Insight March 3, 2014
    China’s Smog Problem

    High levels of smog persist throughout China due to weak enforcement of current environmental regulations. Environmental protection agencies are understaffed and do not have the power to oppose government officials that prioritize GDP growth over environmental protection.

  • CCTV News February 26, 2014
    New Energy Development Key to Improving Air Quality

    To solve the problem of air pollution in the long term, China must invest in electric vehicles and renewable energy sources.

  • CCTV News February 26, 2014
    147 Industrial Companies Suspend Production

    As continued air pollution forces the closure of factories in northern China, numerous questions remain about the effectiveness of these regulations.

  • CCTV News February 25, 2014
    Beijing Activates Emergency Plan to Clear the Air

    Stricter enforcement of higher emissions standards and investment in renewable energy sources are necessary to solve the long-term problem of air pollution in China’s capital.

  • CCTV News November 6, 2013
    Combating Climate Change: Developed Countries Haven’t Kept Their Promises

    Chinese and international delegations will aim to strike a balance at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference to help developing countries adapt to climate change without being hampered by the temporary economic crisis in developed countries


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
No. 1 East Zhongguancun Street, Building 3 Tsinghua University Science Park, Chuangye Building, Room 408 Haidian District, Beijing 100084 China