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

Contact Information


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.

  • 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

  • CCTV News November 5, 2013
    Combating Climate Change: Challenges Facing Future Targets

    While Beijing has made some progress in combating air pollution, the problem lies in the country’s development model as China adjusts its emission control per unit of GDP growth.


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
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