Zhang Xiliang

Professor and Executive Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Mr. Zhang Xiliang received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1997. Dr. Zhang is currently a professor of energy economics and policy at Tsinghua University and executive director at the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University. Prof. Zhang’s current research interests include energy technology innovations, integrated assessment of energy and climate policies, renewable energy, and automotive energy. Prof. Zhang served as co-leader of the expert group for drafting the China Renewable Energy Law during 2004 -2005, and as energy expert of the expert group for drafting the China Circular Economy Law in 2007. Both works were organized by the Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress. Prof. Zhang is currently the chief expert of the key research grant “Key Issues in Climate Policy Decision for China” of the China National Social Sciences Foundation, and co-chief scientist of the research project “Climate Change Mitigation Targets, Pathways and Policies” which is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology with the support of the National Development and Reform Commission. Prof. Zhang is also coordinating a five-year research program titled China Automotive Energy Outlook: technologies and policies, which is tasked jointly by the National Energy Administration and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Prof. Zhang has been a lead author of the 4th and 5th IPCC Climate Change Assessment Report and the coordinating lead author of the Chapter Energy of China National Climate Change Assessment Report. He is an associate editor of Energy- The International Journal and Energy for Sustainable Development, and a member of the editorial board of Climate Policy. Dr. Zhang has been the secretary general of the New Energy Committee of the China Energy Research Society since 2006, and vice chair of the China Renewable Energy Industry Association since 2011.