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Professor XU Yuan (徐袁教授)


Associate Professor

BSc, MSc (Peking)
PhD (Princeton)


[Curriculum Vitae]
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Teaching Fields

Energy Resources, Conversion, and Consumption
Environmental Protection (Science, Technology and Policy)
Sustainable Development

Research Interests

Air Pollutant Mitigation Strategy and Policy
Energy Development
Innovation in the field of Energy and the Environment

Selected Publications

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Underlined names indicate my students or postdocs; * indicates corresponding author

1. Guo, M., X. Lu, C. P. Nielsen, M. B. McElroy, W. Shi, Y. Chen, Y. Xu, 2016. Potential for Shale Gas Production in China: Demands for Water. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review. 66: 742–750.

2. Xu, Y.*, J. Liu*, 2016. Evaluating and addressing the leakage problems of black carbon mitigation in China's domestic sector, Environmental Science & Technology. 50(11): 5434–5435.

3. Li, Y., J. Meng, J. Liu*, Y. Xu, D. Guan, W. Tao, Y. Huang, S. Tao, 2016. Interprovincial Reliance for Improving Air Quality in China: A Case Study on Black Carbon Aerosol, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (7), pp 4118–4126.

4. Wang, H., Z. Dong*, Y. Xu*, C. Ge, 2016. Eco-compensation for Watershed Services in China, Water International, 41(2): 271-289.

5. Zhang, B.*, H. Fei, P. He, Y. Xu*, Z. Dong, O. R. Young, 2016. The Indecisive Role of the Market in China's SO2 and COD Emissions Trading Markets, Environmental Politics.

6. Guo, M.Y., Y. Xu*, Y. D. Chen, 2016. Catching environmental noncompliance in shale gas development in China and the United States. Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

7. Cui, Y.-Z., Lin, J.-T., Song, C., Liu, M.-Y., Yan, Y.-Y., Xu, Y., and Huang, B., 2016. Rapid growth in nitrogen dioxide pollution over Western China, 2005–2013, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 6207–6221.

8. Xu, Y.*, G. Liu, 2015. Carbon capture and storage for Hong Kong's fuel mix. Utilities Policy, 36: 43-45

9. Meng, J., J. Liu*, Y. Xu, S. Tao, 2015. Tracing Primary PM2.5 emissions via Chinese supply chains. Environmental Research Letters, 10(5): 054005.

10. Wu, D., Y. Xu*, Y. Leung, and C.-W. Yung, 2015. The Behavioral Impacts of Firm-level Energy-conservation Goals in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(1):85–92.

11. Wu, D., Y. Xu, S. Zhang, 2015. Will joint regional air pollution control be more cost-effective? An empirical study of China's Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei region. Journal of Environmental Management, 149:27–36.

12. Guo, M. Y., Y. Xu* and Y. Q. D. Chen, 2014. Fracking and Pollution: Can China Rescue Its Environment In Time? Environmental Science & Technology, 48(2): 891-892.

13. Xu, Y. *, 2013. Comparative advantage strategy for rapid pollution mitigation in China, Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (17): 9596–9603

14. Wu, F., Y. Xu, 2013. Sino-American Environmental Relations: The potential of Trans-Societal Linkages. Issues and Studies, 49(3): 73–110

15. Xu, Y.*, Yang, C.-J., and Xuan, X., 2013. Engineering and optimization approaches to enhance the thermal efficiency of coal electricity generation in China, Energy Policy, 60: 356–363.

16. Xu, Y.*, 2013. Using performance indicators to reduce cost uncertainty of China's CO2 mitigation goals, Energy Policy, 53: 454–461.

17. Xu, Y. *, 2011. China’s functioning market for sulfur dioxide scrubbing technologies, Environmental Science & Technology, 45(21): 9161–9167.

18. Xu, Y. *, 2011. Improvements in the operation of SO2 scrubbers in China’s coal power plants, Environmental Science & Technology, 45(2): 380–385.

19. Xu, Y. *, 2011. The use of a goal for SO2 mitigation planning and management in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 54(6): 769-783.

20. Xu, Y. *, R.H. Williams, R.H. Socolow, 2009. China’s Rapid Deployment of SO2 Scrubbers, Energy and Environmental Science, 2, 459-465.

On-going research funding

As a principal investigator (PI):  

1. Jan 2017 – Dec 2019, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council; Title: Integrating satellite data for compliance monitoring on CO2, SO2 and NOx in China's emission hotspots: A case study; Total amount: HK$907,488

2. Jan 2016 – Dec 2017, Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 2015/16, Hong Kong Research Grants Council; Title: The National Strategies in China and Germany to Utilize Solar Energy and Develop Photovoltaic Industries; Total: HK$89,600; German collaborator: Prof MÖST Dominik from Technische Universität Dresden.

3. Jan 2016 – Dec 2017, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council; Title: Measuring and narrowing the gaps between reality and the ideal: residential black carbon mitigation in rural China; Total amount: HK$390,000; (Additional funding: Jan 2016 – Jun 2017, Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Total amount: HK$246,413)

4. Apr 2015 – Dec 2015, Research Fund on Evaluating and Managing Environmental Performance in China, The Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, The Ministry of Environmental Protection of China; Title: Theoretical exploration on managing environmental performance; Total amount: RMB 80,000

5. Aug 2015 – Jul 2016, National Geographic Air and Water Conservation Fund, National Geographic Society; Title: Repair the roof before it rains -- Regulating water consumption and pollution for shale gas development in Xinjiang; Total amount: US$17,625

6. Jun 2015 – Nov 2015, Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Central Policy Unit; Title: Enforcing and Complying with Voluntary Agreements as an Alternative Environmental Policy Instrument; Total amount: HK$195,332

7. Sep 2014 – Aug 2016, South China Programme, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Title: Defining the Relationship between the Sate and the Market for Effective Pollutant Emission Trading in China; Total amount: HK$151,080

8. May 2014 – Dec 2014, Grant for Applying Environmental Strategic Research, The Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, The Ministry of Environmental Protection of China; Title: Theories for managing the performance of environmental governance; Total amount: RMB 100,000

9. Aug 2014 – Jul 2016, Social Science Collaborative Research Fund, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Title: Conformists or Deviants? – The Behavior and Underlying Mechanisms of Polluting Firms in the Pearl River Delta Region; Total amount: HK$172,074

As a co-investigator (co-I): 

10. Jan 2012 – Aug 2016, National Basic Research Program of China ("973"); Title: The mechanism complexity, the new integrated assessment model and policy simulation platform on climate change economics; Total amount: RMB20,000,000; Code: 2012CB955800