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2014 Energy Security Workshop

China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance

On June 5, NBR and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted NBR's tenth annual Energy Security Workshop "China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance."

Event Materials

Agenda (PDF)

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For more information, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director—Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767

China has emerged as the world’s single-largest energy consumer, and the country’s phenomenal economic growth has increased global demand across a broad spectrum of fuel choices, including coal, oil, and gas. Surging demand has not only dramatically reshaped world energy markets but also raised new and more complex questions for stakeholders concerned with developments in China’s domestic energy infrastructure, environmental policymaking, and global energy diplomacy. At the same time, Beijing is also struggling to reshape its domestic economy. Two critical parts of this effort will be decreasing the economic role of heavy, energy-intensive industries and reducing the enormous energy supply requirements necessary for sustaining economic growth.

How China addresses these challenges will have significant implications not only for domestic audiences but for the environmental, economic, and geostrategic outlooks of the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.

With these concerns in mind, the 2014 Energy Security Workshop examined:

  • Beijing’s search for a new energy strategy and prospects for advancing more demand-, market-, and efficiency-driven approaches;
  • China’s evolving approach for promoting oil and gas supply security, and how the country’s demand will affect both international markets and regional geopolitics;
  • China’s ambitious plans to reshape its use of coal in the power sector, and the prospects for meeting critical targets to enhance supply efficiency and manage demand growth;
  • the growing importance of environmental concerns as a driver of China’s energy policies; and
  • how the United States, China, and other regional stakeholders can work together to address common energy challenges.


Asian Development Bank




Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Speakers include:

Philip Andrews-Speed
Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Edward C. Chow
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Katherine Casey Delhotal

James P. Dorian
International Energy Economist, Washington, D.C.

Erica Downs
The Brookings Institution

Deborah Gordon
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mikkal E. Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Joanna Lewis
Georgetown University

Li Bin
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America

Li Zhidong
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Meredith Miller
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Peter Ogden
Center for American Progress

Jennifer L. Turner
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Background: Energy Security Program

Now in its tenth year, NBR's Energy Security Program convenes top energy and geopolitical experts from industry, research, and policy for an assessment of the developments taking place in Asian energy markets and their implications for geopolitics. To inform and strengthen the public policy dialogue, experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, the annual Energy Security Report, and a public launch event in the fall.

Learn more about NBR's Energy Security Program.

The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, "Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future," will take place on June 30–July 1 in Seoul. Learn more and request an invitation.

Read the 2014 Energy Security Report, "China's Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance."

For more information on the 2014 Energy Security Program, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767