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 June 23, 2015
    Petcoke and China’s Efforts to Combat Air Pollution

    China must improve its monitoring of petcoke, an alternative fuel source, in order to successfully address the country’s air pollution challenges.

  • Paper June 1, 2015 中文
    Managing China’s Petcoke Problem

    China’s growing use of petcoke, an inexpensive but environmentally unfriendly coal alternative, must be addressed for the country’s efforts to reduce air pollution to be effective.

  • Podcast May 5, 2015 中文
    The Impact of China’s Price Cut on Natural Gas

    China’s price cut on natural gas reflects the drop in oil prices, as the country’s energy sector continues to go through transition.

  • Op-Ed CEFC China Energy Journal May 1, 2015
    China’s Energy Transition Starts, But Expect No “Bon Voyage”

    No silver bullet solution will resolve China’s environmental challenges, but last year’s bilateral agreement with the United States is a step in the right direction.

  • Podcast March 31, 2015
    Global Energy Markets and Renewables in China

    Low oil prices will likely have little effect on investment in renewables technology, and gradually reducing government subsidies will encourage competition and efficiency in the sector.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • July 15, 2015 Washington, DC
    Managing China’s Petcoke

    Petroleum coke (petcoke), a by-product of petroleum refining that is high in contaminants, has quietly emerged in China as an inexpensive but very dirty alternative to coal.

  • June 17, 2015 Beijing 中文
    Managing China’s Petcoke Problem

    China must address the negative environmental impact of petcoke, an inexpensive but dirty alternative to coal, if the country’s efforts to manage carbon emissions are to be effective.

  • March 17, 2015 Beijing 中文
    Renewables: The Political and Historical Dimensions of the Global Energy Transition

    Low oil prices have reduced the material incentives for developing renewable energy technologies, but political interests and public opinion also impact this strategic economic sector.

  • December 3, 2014
    Environmental Implications of the Global Oil Paradigm Shift

    Different oils have different environmental impacts, as do their products. These must be taken into account when writing energy policies.

  • December 2, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    China Oil Forum

    With China’s economy slowing after decades of double-digit growth, now is the time to think strategically about how the nation will deal with its physical resource limitations, their associated environmental concerns, and oil’s evolving geopolitical realities. The China Oil Forum will engage key thinkers, policymakers, and civil society in a discussion about these strategic questions.

  • July 6, 2014 Beijing 中文
    Chinese Energy Security and Geopolitics: The China-Russia Gas Deal and Beyond

    China’s National Petroleum Corporation and Russia’s OAO Gazprom signed a multi-billion dollar gas deal with far-reaching implications for geopolitics and global energy markets. Whether this represents a meaningful pivot eastward by Russia remains to be seen.

  • June 18, 2014 Beijing 中文
    China-U.S. Cooperation on Energy Issues

    Cooperation on energy and climate issues between the United States and China holds a lot of potential, as both countries are tackling the same challenges in this area.

  • May 8, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    China’s Oil Future: Balancing Economic, Geopolitical, and Environmental Concerns

    China’s energy future will be shaped by its major oil ambitions, including the opportunity to exploit newly accessible domestic resources.

  • March 21, 2014 Beijing 中文
    China's Role in International Energy Governance

    Since its establishment in the 1970s, the global energy market has gone through significant change while regulations have remained stagnant. The global energy market urgently needs systematic reform.

  • October 23, 2013 Beijing 中文
    Recharging China’s Electric Vehicle Policy

    Increasing concerns about pollution, health, and energy security in China highlight the need to improve the current electric vehicle policy and boost sales, usage, and technological development.


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
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