Why China Energy?

China’s energy and environment issues are drawing more and more attention from a world-wide audience. As the largest developing country, China produces 15% of the total fossil energy in the world: 72% global coal, 18% global crude oil, and 2.8% global natural gas production. Its energy resources and consumption patterns are unique: coal accounts for 76% of primary energy use, due to a lack of oil and gas resources.  Meanwhile sustainable energy sources, such as wind, hydro and solar, are booming.

Solutions to environmental problems stemming from energy use, such as air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, will require collaboration and shared goals between high-energy use countries, including China and the United States.

The MIT China Energy and Environment Research Group (MIT CEER) was founded in order to create a communication platform for students, scholars and professionals at MIT and other Boston-area Universities who are interested in topics related to China's energy and environment. MIT CEER will facilitate research and discussion of energy technology and policy study by:

  • Inviting speakers, including officials from the Chinese and US governments, industrial leaders and scholars
  • Hosting seminars and round-table discussions on China energy and environmental studies. Currently, we have planned a series of talks about energy in China.  Topics will include coal, renewables, including wind and solar, technology innovation in energy and environmental issues related to energy use in China.
  • Creating social events for people who are interested in the energy area, in order to facilitate networking.  Events might include dinner, trips or recreational outings
  • Building up connections with China’s energy organizations to create more information exchange about China’s energy policies and markets.  

You are welcome to join us as a participant or an event-planner.


Please fill out a short form to join!

Or, contact CEER_Board@mit.edu for further information.



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