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Alvin Lin, China Climate and Energy Policy Director, Beijing

Alvin Lin

As NRDC’s China Climate and Energy Policy Director, my work focuses on providing policy analysis that can help China to expand its energy efficiency and renewables resources and put in place the proper incentives and systems for low-carbon development. I believe that China’s rapid economic growth and accompanying environmental harms pose both a challenge and an opportunity for it to become a leader in forging a sustainable development path that is less reliant on fossil fuels and minimizes our impact on our environment.

I was born and raised in Ohio, studied political science and East Asian studies at Yale, then spent two years in Hong Kong where I attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and wrote a thesis on the movement to protect Hong Kong’s harbor from reclamation. In law school at NYU, I took the environmental law clinic with NRDC, working on a case to prevent a rollback of federal air conditioner efficiency standards. After working for a few years as a litigator and judicial clerk in New York, I moved to Beijing to begin working in NRDC’s China Program, where I’ve had the chance to cooperate with policymakers, energy and environmental experts, and NGOs to advance clean energy in China.

Recent Posts

Why Phasing Down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is Good for China and the Global Environment

Posted June 24, 2013 by Alvin Lin in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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At their recent summit in California, President Xi and President Obama agreed to work together and with other nations to address climate change by phasing down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of “super greenhouse gases” used...continued

A Five-Part Strategy to Cap and Cut China's Coal Consumption

Posted May 28, 2013 by Alvin Lin in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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It is hard to miss the staggering statistics when it comes to coal in China, which now consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Unrestricted growth in coal consumption in the last decade has led...continued

Peering through the haze: Addressing the root causes of air pollution in China

Posted January 16, 2013 by Alvin Lin in Curbing Pollution, Greening China

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Today, for the first time in several days, we’re able to see a blue-ish sky outside. As international and Chinese media have widely reported over the last few days, a wide swath of central and eastern China experienced several days...continued

China moves to strengthen nuclear safety standards and moderate the pace of its nuclear power development

Posted December 23, 2012 by Alvin Lin in Greening China, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy

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This post was co-written with my colleagues Jingjing Li, Jason Portner and Christine Xu. In China and other developing countries, increasing electricity demand and concern about pollution from coal-fired power and its impact on climate change have led policymakers to...continued

China kicks off legislative research project for the drafting of its national climate change law

Posted July 20, 2011 by Alvin Lin in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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On July 12, Chinese government representatives and climate change experts convened the opening meeting of the China climate change legislation research project, intended to examine both international experiences with climate change legislation and relevant domestic laws in an effort to...continued

After two weeks of negotiations, countries - and the process - emerge from Cancun with progress, transparency and a path forward on addressing climate change

Posted December 11, 2010 by Alvin Lin in Solving Global Warming

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At about 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, after two weeks of negotiations with often quite divergent views, the parties at the Cancun climate conference emerged from the process with important agreements on how to move forward together to address climate change. ...continued

In Cancun, Reason for Optimism: Making progress on improving the international system for tracking global efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions

Posted December 1, 2010 by Alvin Lin in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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Chinese climate negotiator Su Wei (center) at China's December 1st side event on China's climate actions.  As the third day of the two-week climate negotiations in Cancun draws to a close, we are seeing reasons for optimism that there will...continued

NRDC's Side Event in Tianjin: Highlighting how Countries are Taking Action Now to Address Climate Change

Posted October 19, 2010 by Alvin Lin in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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From November 4-9, for the first time in its nearly twenty year history, the UN negotiations to forge a collective, global response to address climate change came to China, marking a landmark in China’s participation in and support of the...continued


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