China Cleantech 生态创新
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13 episodes
China Cleantech highlights the most promising green innovations and people emanating from the Chinese ecosystem through poignant storytelling. China Cleantech is sponsored by Southern Asset Management. Learn more at


Season 2, Episode 7: Dr. Ma Jun - Founder, Institute of Finance and Sustainability
2021 Mar 2528m 23s
In our last episode of Season 2, we speak with Dr. Ma Jun, founder and president of the Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS) in Beijing. IFS brings together leading finance experts at the national and local levels in China to promote green finance. Areas of focus include International Collaboration, Energy and Climate Change, ESG Investment, Greentech Innovation and Investment, and Financing Nature-Based Solutions. In addition to their domestic work, they also support green finance internationally, especially along the Belt and Road. In addition to leading IFS, Ma Jun is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and is the former Chief Economist of their research bureau.
Season 2, Episode 6: Dr. Shi Zhengrong 施正荣 - Sunman Energy
2021 Mar 0836m 51s
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Shi Zhengrong (施正荣), known as the ‘Sun King’ for his pioneering work scaling solar PV development and manufacturing in China. Dr. Shi founded Suntech Power, once the world’s largest producer of solar panels reaching a market cap of $US 16 bn with an annual production capacity of 1,000 MW, enough to power 1 million US homes. Suntech became a catalyst for other Chinese solar companies to become publicly listed. We explore Dr. Shi’s path from Suntech to Sunman Energy, a new venture that produces eArc, a lightweight, glass-free and flexible form of solar PV. Learn about the importance of glass-free solar panels, applications from trains to buildings, and the rule of three in the industry: safety, reliability, and affordability.
Season 2, Episode 5: Jon Creyts and Ting Li - Rocky Mountain Institute
2021 Feb 2625m 8s
Rocky Mountain Institute, known as RMI, works with Chinese policy makers to implement clean energy and low carbon economy transition strategies. But how did this all start? How did a Colorado-based organization become a strategic partner of The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in Beijing? In this episode, Andrew and Marilyn interview two Managing Directors of RMI: Jon Creyts and Dr. Ting Li. Together, they outline the history and present-day activities of RMI China and explain how China is a laboratory for testing new policy ideas.
Season 2, Episode 4: Barbara Finamore - Author, Will China Save the Planet?
2021 Feb 2037m 9s
Sometimes life brings you to an unexpected place. For Barbara Finamore, that place was China. In this episode, learn about how the former Senior Director for Asia at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and founder of their China program went from environmental litigator in Washington, DC to becoming a member of Foreign Policy’s U.S.-China 50. Barbara shares valuable lessons in climate action progress from the 1990s to the present in China, as well as how to best approach the US-China collective work on solving climate change.
Season 2, Episode 3: David Li - Executive Director, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab
2021 Feb 1233m 10s
David Li is a pioneer in the maker community in China. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote open source hardware. He is the current Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, which facilitates collaboration among global hardware entrepreneurs to build innovative, eco-friendly products along the Belt and Road. In this episode, we unpack the notion of a “maker space” and how this concept is applied to China, especially in places like Shenzhen. David Li explains how one particular innovation, low speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) are critical, and even more important, than the electric sedan. LSEVs are experiencing a breakthrough moment, with the GM-backed Wuling Hongguang selling 15,000 units, at $US 4,000 each, within only 20 days after hitting the China market.
Season 2, Episode 2: Chubing Li - Chief Operating Officer, Golden Feather
2021 Feb 0528m 40s
In this episode, the COO of Golden Feather (金羽新能), Chubing Li, explains the ins and outs of battery innovation in China. Golden Feather is a battery startup focusing on the production of rechargeable high density lithium metal batteries that are said to increase the energy density by 40% compared to lithium ion batteries. A young team with an average age of 27, the founders at Golden Feather met at Peking University, incubated their venture out of the Peking University Incubator, and moved manufacturing to Anji. What enabled this material science breakthrough? How did this English major make her way into cleantech? What are the main challenges that remain? Learn more in this intriguing episode.
Season 2, Episode 1: Peggy Liu - Chair, JUCCCE
2021 Jan 2939m 12s
JUCCCE, the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, is an organization catalyzing society towards a future where personal and planetary health thrive. JUCCCE leverages government channels, international networks, and contributions from corporate and individual contributors to make an impact on key drivers of climate change such as food and agriculture, industry, and consumption. In this episode, Peggy Liu, Chair of JUCCCE, summarizes a 10-year journey to significantly mitigate climate change in China. Learn about what has evolved in China since 2007, how an eco-friendly city is defined, and the larger vision for aligning climate action with what people not only care about, but also love. Hint: it isn’t PM 2.5. Peggy Liu also provides some advice for the Biden-Harris administration regarding climate action in China and the US.
Season 1, Episode 6: Luhui Yan - Founder & General Manager, Carbonstop
2020 Nov 0731m 22s
[Recorded on August 12, 2020] In this episode, we speak with Luhui Yan, founder of Carbonstop (碳阻迹). Carbonstop provides clients with granular carbon footprint data and analytics, serving brands such as Alibaba’s Ant Forest and Cai Niao. When a company wants to understand the carbon footprint of its business, including commuter, building, and supply chain emissions, or a specific product, they come to Carbonstop. Luhui, Andrew and Marilyn discuss the demand for carbon emissions measurement in China, the Chinese Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and answer the question, “Does the Chinese consumer really care about their carbon footprint?”
Season 1, Episode 5: Kaikai Yang - Founder, Dipole Tech
2020 Nov 0620m 54s
This episode was recorded in Shanghai, China back in December 2019. Kaikai (KK) Yang is the founder and CEO of Dipole Tech, a startup that leverages blockchain technology to create microgrids, or the local generation and consumption of renewable energy. Learn about how KK went from jazz musician to energy software engineer and entrepreneur. We delve into the impact of low electricity prices in China – how the prices may hinder the growth of rooftop solar, the importance of government renewable energy subsidies, and the promise of blockchain for the low carbon energy transition.
Season 1, Episode 4: Li Xia - Founder & CEO, Shenzhen Power Solutions
2020 Nov 0527m 43s
[Recorded on August 8, 2020] Li Xia (Susan) grew up poor in Harbin, a city located in Northeast China. She has an amazing story traveling from the north to the south of China, applying the skills she gained during her journey to develop clean energy solutions for the world’s poor, or bottom of the pyramid (BOP), at Shenzhen Power Solutions. Join us to find out about the most promising markets for solar lighting, how residential clean energy solutions do make an impact on economic outcomes for families, and the significance of replacing kerosene lamps with zero emissions lighting sources.