Yang Fuqiang
China
2017 Awardee

Fuqiang is leading a project to design an oil consumption cap in China that would help the country “leap over the age of oil” and move quickly to clean energy.

Fuqiang is a senior adviser on climate change, energy, and environment at NRDC China. He has extensive experience and a proven record of coordinating research across multiple institutions and influencing environmental and energy policy change in China. He is generally credited with successfully promoting a cap on coal consumption in China, which was integrated into China’s national 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic & Social Development.

Fuqiang’s breakthrough idea is to build on the model used to secure the coal cap and push for a complete oil consumption cap in China that will allow the country to peak its emissions by 2020. His vision is to develop compelling economic and planning research, along with pilot projects, to demonstrate the benefits of capping China’s oil consumption as quickly as possible and to provide plans and pathways for implementing a cap across China’s economy.

The research areas and work of this project are extremely valuable; we need systematic, comprehensive, and in-depth research to show the path forward to oil replacement.

Fuqiang leads a network of organizations broken into five working groups that will develop evidence showing how an oil cap will strengthen China’s oil supply security, and make China’s oil consumption and development more efficient, green, low-carbon, and sustainable, to help China “leap over the age of oil” into the age of clean energy.

Fuqiang impressed Climate Breakthrough with the evolution in his analysis beyond his past expertise when he saw an opportunity to innovate. He has a sophisticated understanding of how to move policy in China and a strong network of political and corporate stakeholders in the energy sector. He is thinking creatively about how taking on oil will require different approaches than taking on coal, and also about how to build upon his past successes. His openness to new ideas and to exploring additional tactics and strategies is particularly impressive given his stature, esteem, and history of success in the field.