Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Coal-Fired Power Excess Capacity Reduction Research Analyst (Consultant)

    Job Locations CN-Beijing
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    International [404000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


    For two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 based in our Beijing office, we have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that curb pollution and accelerate China’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the State Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.



    Position Summary:


    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time project analyst (consultant) to support research focusing on the reduction of excess coal-fired power capacity, to be based in NRDC’s Beijing office with an initial contract period of 9 months. The project is part of NRDC China’s Climate and Energy Policy Program.


    The Research Analyst will be responsible for supporting an NRDC project focused on reducing China’s excess coal-fired power capacity in order to meet environmental protection and climate change targets. The research will focus on bottom-up analysis of coal fired capacity in order to develop policy pathways and mechanisms for the efficient, safe, green and lower carbon development of China’s coal-fired power sector.


    • Coordinate with partners to research short, medium, and long term targets, pathways, market mechanisms and policy measures for reducing the capacity of China’s coal-fired power plants.
    • Conduct research on standards for decommissioning backward capacity based on criteria such as unit size, operational life, energy consumption, water consumption, safety standards, etc., as well as different the capacity reduction pathways appropriate for each region.
    • Select a representative province for a pilot program, and work closely with partners, local government, and grid companies to develop recommendations and implementation plans for reducing excess coal-fired power capacity.
    • Undertake research trips, organize meetings, and do other related administrative work as required by the project.
    • Work with colleagues to advance project research and communications.


    • Master’s degree or above, with 5 or more years relevant work experience in energy and/or environmental fields.
    • Strong research, writing, and speaking skills in both Chinese and English.
    • Extensive knowledge of China’s clean energy development, electricity market, and climate change policies, as well as the ability to conduct in-depth data and policy analyses.
    • Strong interpersonal and cooperative skills, as well as the ability to work well with government representatives, research institutions, universities, companies, and other NGO partners.
    • Ability to efficiently and independently perform various tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
    • Must be responsible, pay close attention to detail, and work with efficiency and accuracy.


    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please send an email with the position title in the subject line to


    Applications will be accepted until filled. For further information about NRDC, please visit and


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