Boosting Renewable Energy as part of China’s Energy Revolution

Boosting Renewable Energy as a part of China’s energy revolution is a strategic research project - a five-year program - sponsored by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). CIFF engagement priorities stem from the recognition that Climate change disproportionately affects children living in poverty in developing countries.

The object is to deliver scientific research based on hard data and detailed analyses as input to the Chinese decision-making using modelling and energy analyses of the Chinese Energy Supply.

The main activities of the program

  • Detailed RE scenarios for China using the CREAM model suite
  • RE friendly power grid development strategies
  • Power system flexibility
  • Boosting distributed energy
  • China Renewable Energy Outlook


The programme’s flagship publication is the China Renewable Energy Outlook, released annually from 2016.




The scenarios and analyses in CREO are qualified by modelling in the CNREC’s modelling system. This model suite includes linked models for projection of END-USE consumption modelled in the LEAP framework, the Electricity and District Heating Optimisation model (EDO), which is an adaptation of the Balmorel model , and finally a Computational General Equilibrium model (CGE) used to demonstrate how energy transition can instigate shifts in the macroeconomic structure and in employment.


The project is carried out by the Chinese National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC), with Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States as foreign partners. In 2016, German Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs (BMWi) offered its support to the project and has appointed GIZ, cooperating with the Agora think-tank on energy transformation, Germany Department of Energy and Fraunhofer Institute and other internationally well-known research institutions, to jointly support the National Renewable Energy Centre in carrying out the research going forward.


Ea Energy Analyses is centrally positioned in the cooperation within the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC), and Ea Partner Lars Møllenbach Bregnbæk has been embedded as Chief Modelling Expert in the CNREC since 2015.  Thereby Ea is engaged in continued capacity building in the CNREC, which was originally established with support from the Sino-Danish Renewable Energy Programme (RED). CNREC has established its position as  a leading think tank on renewable energy in China - anchored within the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission.


The Boosting Renewable Energy as part of China’s Energy Revolution programme commenced in January 2015.




Boosting Renewable Energy Annual Program Review 2016.

Last update 09-Apr-2019

Further information




China Renewable Energy Outlook 2018


China Renewable Energy Outlook 2017, Executive Summary, October 2017


Boosting Renewable Energy

Presentation of the program published by CNREC, december 2014



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