About IED


Established in 1994 as a domestic NGO, the Institute for Environment and Development (IED) is an independent research institute in the fields of environmental protection and social development. With the mission of exploring solutions to environmental and development issues and promoting the sustainable development of Chinese society, IED adopts a down-to-earth approach to research and innovative thinking and has consistently provided cutting-edge information, analysis and constructive solutions to government, the public and the business community.

 Boost “sustainability” mindset to society and enterprise to embrace sustainable development, developing Green economy, revolutionizing the way of growing.

Core Value

  • Long-term  Thinking
  •  People  Oriented
  • Self  Awareness
  • Self  Motivated
  • Leading-indicator  Focused
  • Professional Execution

Areas of Focus
Sustainable Economic Development

Since the industrial revolution the world economy haswitnessed rapid economic development. Unfortunately resulting crises such as climate change, resource depletion, environmental and ecological deterioration have increasingly become challenges to human society and development. Currently, it has become extremely urgent to have a profound reflection on development patterns, promote in-depth reform,accelerate economic restructuring and development modes,and support sustainable economic development with green enterprise as a vital force.

In order to promote the cause of sustainable economic development, IED has launched a variety of projects including New Ventures China (NVC) and a survey of energy conservation and emissions reduction in China's state farm system.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Sustainable development requires scientific and technical solutions as well as the appropriate use of laws and regulations. However, improving environmental awareness must also play a significant role, through encouraging citizens to recognize ecological values and consciously safeguard the environment. These values are important for human survival and development.

Education is the most fundamental way to cultivate sustainable development values in society. With that in mind, IED has been committed to promoting multi-dimensional sustainable Institute for Environment and Development education programs such as Youth Sustainability and Energy Education (YSEE), Eco-school and Ecocommunity, which drives a greater presence of ESD and related research both on campus and in communities.

Climate Change
Profound changes in the Earth's climate system caused by global warming have significantly affected natural ecosystems and the human living environment. Frequent hurricanes, droughts and other extreme weather events, rising sea levels, retreating glaciers, species extinction, fluctuation in food production, infectious diseases: all of these phenomena speak in chorus that if global warming cannot be curbed as soon as possible, these risks will pass beyond our control and that the results may be irreversible.

Faced with increasingly severe global climate change, IED uses its resources to work on the problem from two related aspects: interpreting climate change issues from a Chinese perspective, and engaging in targeted research. On the one hand, IED keeps an eye on the international climate negotiations to build an information platform and provide professional training to domestic NGOs about the latest issues. On the other hand, in relation to the challenges of adaptation and mitigation, IED carries out research on the MRV (measurable, reportable and verifiable) system in the agricultural sector as well as case studies of domestic NGOs addressing climate change.

Selected Publications
● Future Energy--Renewable Energy (Teachers' Book)
● Future Energy--Renewable Energy (Students' Book)
● Survey Report on Enterprise Operating Capacity and Sustainability in Dalian Economic Development Zone
● Investment Opportunities in China's Water Crisis
● 2008 Report on Beijing Clean-Tech Industry
● China's Booming Energy Efficiency Industry
● 2009 Report on Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction in State Farms