Senior Research Scientist

Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy

(+86 10) 6278-4829

Education background

PhD, Tsinghua University, Dep. of Chem. Eng., 2009
B.S., Tsinghua University, Dep. of Chem. Eng., 2004


12/2015-present, Associate Professor, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, INET
08/2009-12/2015, Assistant professor, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, INET

Social service

Service to Professional Associations

Researcher, Research Center for Contemporary Management of Tsinghua University in China.
Deputy Director, China Carbon Market Center (CCMC)

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Prof. Zhous research interests are in the areas of key technologies and national policies related to climate change and energy issues, etc.
Her research results are recognized by other experts, and she was invited to be an author for Global Energy Assessment (GEA) report, National Assessment Report of Climate Change, China's national assessment report on climate change and so on.
Some of the results were adopted as important technical support for national policy making, like provincial carbon emission intensity control target and national carbon market design. And she is invited as an expert to participate Annual obligation trial assessment and evaluation work of controlling greenhouse gas emission targets" since 2013, which is organized by the national departments.

Research Status


Study on Greenhouse Gas Control Target and Decomposition Scheme in the 14th Five-Year Plan


Study on the Evaluation and Improvement of Carbon Emission Trading System in China


Green and low carbon economy transformation management and policy


Global stocktaking and NDC ambitions for carbon dioxide emissions mitigation


Forecast method and scenario analysis of Carbon dioxide emission in China


Studies on Coverage, Cap Setting, Allowance Allocation Methods and Supplement Mechanism


Study on Two Affecting Factors of CO2 Reduction for Producing Coal-based Fuel


Guide of Carbon emission targets decomposition


Uncertainty of Pathway and Space under the Global Long-term Carbon Emission Reduction Targets


3E Model Analysis and Impact Assessment Studies of Shenhua Coal Direct Liquefaction


The DCIODS Design and Simulation


Disaggregation and Implementation of GDP Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity Target of 40% -45%

Honors And Awards

First prize of Outstanding Achievements of Scientific Research (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Colleges and Universities by Ministry of Education (No. 4), Department of Social Sciences, Ministry of Education

Academic Achievement


Li Zhou, Shanying Hu, Yourun Li, Qihong Zhou. Study on co-feed and co-production system based on coal and natural gas for producing DME and electricity. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2008,136:31-40.
Li Zhou, Shanying Hu, Dingjiang Chen, Yourun Li, Bing Zhu, and Yong Jin.  Study on Systems Based on Coal and Natural Gas for Producing Dimethyl Ether, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2009, 48:4101-4108.
Li Zhou, Shanying Hu, Yourun Li, Yong Jin, and Xiliang Zhang. Modeling and optimization of a coal-chemical eco-industrial system in China, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2012,16: 105-118 .
Tianyu Qi, Li Zhou, Xiliang Zhang, Xiangkun Ren. Regional economic output and employment impact of coal-to-liquids (CTL)industry in China: An input-output analysis, Energy, 2012, 46 :259-263.
Li Zhou, Wen-Ying Chen, Xi-Liang Zhang, and Tian-Yu Qi. Simulation and Economic Analysis of Indirect Coal-to-Liquid Technology Coupling Carbon Capture and Storage, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52: 9871-9878
Li Zhou, Xiliang Zhang, Tianyu Qi, Jiankun He, Xiaohu Luo. Regional disaggregation of China
s national carbon intensity reduction target energy for sustainable development Energy for Sustainable Development, 2014,23:25-31
Li Zhou and Wenying Chen. Status and decomposition analysis on building energy consumption of China in the last decade. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2015,7.
Tao Pang, Li Zhou, Maosheng Duan. Linking China
s emissions trading pilot schemes. Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment.2015,13(3):215-221.
Yuyan Weng, Li Zhou, Sheng Zhou, Tianyu Qi. Research on China's Steel Demand Using Combined Forecast. International Journal of u- and e- Service, Science and Technology. 2015, 8(1),189-200
Maosheng Duan and Li Zhou. Key Issues in Designing China
s National Carbon Emissions Trading System. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy. 2017 ,6:1-18.
Yadong Yu, Li Zhou,etc. Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth on city level: The Case Study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Indicators, 2017,75:27
MAOSHENG DUAN and LI ZHOU. Key Issues in Designing China
s National Carbon Emissions Trading System. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy. 2017 ,6:1-18.
Yadong Yu, Li Zhou etc. Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth on city level: The Case Study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Indicators 75 (2017) 27
Guangzhi Yin, Li Zhou, Maosheng Duan, Weiming He, Peng Zhang. Impacts of carbon pricing and renewable electricity subsidy on direct cost of electricity generation: A case study of China's provincial power sector. Journal of Cleaner Production 205 (2018) 375-387
Lanlan Lu, Li Zhou, Hongyu Zhang, Yuyan Weng. The effects of industrial energy consumption on energy-related carbon emissions at national and provincial levels in China. Energy Science & Engineering. 2018;1
Li Zhou, Maosheng Duan, Yadong Yu. Exergy and economic analyses of indirect coal-to-liquid technology coupling carbon capture and storage. Journal of Cleaner Production. 174 (2018) 87-95.
Li Zhou, Maosheng Duan, Yadong Yu, Xiliang Zhang. Learning rates and cost reduction potential of indirect coal-to-liquid technology coupled with CO2 capture. Energy,2018,165:21-32
Li Zhou, Wenying Chen. Impact of district-level decomposition policies to achieve a post-fossil carbon city: A case study of Beijing, China. Journal of Cleaner Production,2019, 215 : 1371-1381.


Global Energy Assessment (Chapter 15), Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Impacts of Climate Change and Mitigation & Adaptation Actions (Chap 1.4 and 3.3), Tsinghua University Press, 2012.
Model and Methodology on Climate Change Research (Chap 5 and 12), Science Press
the Third National Assessment Report on Climate Change(Chap 29), Science Press
Energy Revolution and Low Carbon Development (Chapter 2 and 3), China Environmental Publishing Group. 2018
China Carbon Market Development Report (Chapter 10), People's Publishing House, 2018
China Low Carbon Development Report 2018 (Chapter 8). Social Science Literature Publishing House. 2018
Chief Author. Third National Communications on Climate Change of the People's Republic of China (Part 2, Chapter 5).
Chief Author of Volume 4, Chapter 3, Carbon Market and Climate Change Mitigation Volume, Chapter 10, China's Low Carbon Development Strategy and Path in 2050. Fourth National Assessment Report on Climate Change of the People's Republic of China.

Last Updated2020-10-06