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  • Zhou Dadi (周大地)
    Gender : Male

Vice president of China Energy Research Association


B.S., Tsinghua University, M.S., Tsinghua University


Zhou had served in ERI for 22 years as research professor and vice director, focusing on energy economics and energy system analysis.

Zhou was chief scientist for the Expert Team of China and a lead author for Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Zhou has been a prominent intellectual leader in China’s energy import and export reform policies, energy price reform, energy efficiency policy, and climate change. He serves as the vice chairman of the State Expert Advisory Committee to the National Energy Leading Group of China, a member of the National Expert Team of China for Climate Change, and as vice president of the China Institute of Geo-politics and Energy Strategy.

Zhou has served as a consultant to the World Bank, Global Environmental Facility, and many other organizations around the world, and has been a visiting fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and visiting scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the United States. He co-founded the Energy Efficiency Center in Beijing in 1992 in cooperation with PNNL and LBNL.

Zhou received the OECD Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Global Climate Leadership Award in 2000, and the 2007 Climate Protection Award of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


He has been engaged in energy economy, energy policy and energy system analysis and research for a long time, and has published many influential papers and reports at home and abroad. He has made remarkable achievements in the research of global climate change issues closely related to the world economy and energy development and is internationally known. He is the leader of the expert group of the third working group on climate change of China, the main contributor of the second and third scientific assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change, and appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme as the scientific and Technological Advisory Committee of the second global environment facility Member. He has won the 2000 OECD (Organization for economic cooperation and development) international climate Technology Promotion Award.

Notable Works|Publications

How much can China use global oil resources?

Sustainable development strategy of energy in China

Petro China strategy

Scenario analysis of sustainable energy development and carbon emission in China

Formulation of national 863 plan for tackling key problems in energy field

China terminal energy efficiency program


Key points of China's energy sustainable development strategy

Main Opnions

Zhou Dadi believes that for those families with more electricity consumption, which monthly electricity consumption reach hundreds of yuan, the price adjustment may increase some living costs for them. But for most other people, electricity is not a big cost. Because usually, the price of a meal is higher than the monthly electricity charge. The extra money after the electricity price adjustment is nothing more than calling for one more dish and one less.

Zhou Dadi said that from a personal point of view, he also does not want the price of electricity to rise, but from an economic point of view, to ensure that so many people have access to electricity, can not pull the gate and limit power, the country has to build, but also expand the power supply, we have to do something, that is to set up a reasonable price of electricity.


On December 17, 2011, China economic network reprinted an article entitled "experts say that China's oil price is not high or low, but only subsidizes the rich". In this article, the argument that low oil price is only subsidizes the rich caused widespread controversy.

Zhou Dadi, executive vice president of China Energy Research Association, told reporters that low oil prices actually subsidized the rich, encouraged unreasonable consumption, and subsidized foreign consumers through the transmission of manufacturing industry.

Zhou Dadi analyzed that as the gasoline of consumer goods, the rich groups who drive off-road vehicles and high displacement vehicles consume more gasoline and enjoy more low oil prices. As the production material of diesel, China's manufacturing industry produces products after consuming low-cost diesel, and exports a large number of them to overseas countries, which actually subsidizes consumers of other countries. Therefore, the implementation of low oil price is not conducive to the adjustment of domestic industrial structure and the effective allocation of resources, and is not conducive to the further development and utilization of new energy and new technology.

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