Prof. Junjie Zhang has been actively involved in policy outreach and public service in four areas: environmental policy, green finance, energy transition, and climate change. He has led numerous policy analyses and recommendations for government entities, enterprises, and NGOs. He has also created several programs to enhance financial literacy for environmental civil society organizations and climate literacy for corporations and financial institutions.


Climate Finance

The CSI Jinsinan Climate Friendly Index, officially launched on Jan 9, 2023, was developed by a team of professionals in finance and climate change led by Prof. Junjie Zhang. The Index comprises 100 Chinese-listed firms engaged in climate-friendly businesses, including carbon emission reduction, carbon sink enhancement, and climate adaptation. The mission of this project is direct financial flows toward companies providing climate solutions.

Carbon Market

This project investigates the financial performance of China’s national carbon market in terms of price discovery, liquidity provision, and risk management. The project is led by Prof. Junjie Zhang and joint with Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (National Carbon Exchange) and State Council’s Development Research Center.

Previously, the Energy Foundation also funded a project on the top-level design of China’s carbon pricing, which was submitted to MEE’s Department of Climate Change (Chinese report).

Low-carbon Transition

The work in this area includes low-carbon transition strategies for corporations and industries, such as the US companies in China (US-China Business Council), China’s ICT industry (Energy Foundation), China Three Gorges Corporation, and Red Star Macalline.

The team has been helping local governments design pathways to achieve carbon emission peaking and neutrality, including Shanghai, Wuxi, Changdao, and Kunshan.

Other notable work includes ocean carbon dioxide removal (ClimateWorks Foundation), socially equitable energy transition (FES), and climate technology needs assessment (World Bank/GEF).

Conservation Finance

The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) established a task force on green finance, in which Prof. Junjie Zhang served as a co-chair. The team produced two reports (report 1 and report 2) advising the Chinese government on leveraging financial resources to support biodiversity conservation.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE)’s Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO) commissioned the ISI team for two reports on the biodiversity conservation financing mechanism and its funding gap. The reports were used to help China prepare for the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15).

Environmental Policy

Prof. Junjie Zhang has advised the Chinese government at the central and local levels on the designs of environmental policies. The notable cases include the air pollution control strategy (Suzhou City), solid waste management (China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center, MEE), water pollution control (Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, MEE), and environmental credit system (Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Planning, MEE).


Green Finance Initiative (GFI)

The GFI aims to identify, advance, and communicate the research, policy, and practice in green finance. Xie Zhenhua (China’s Special Envoy on Climate Change) and Liu Mingkang (former President of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission) launched the GFI.

Environmental Policy Lab

Supported by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) and Duke Kunshan University (DKU), the Lab is dedicated to cost-benefit analysis in environmental policymaking.

Blue Pioneers Program (BPP)

Sponsored by the Packard Foundation, Paradise Foundation, and Yintai Foundation, BPP trains China’s next-generation civil society leaders in marine conservation. Above, the King and Queen of Norway and Jack Ma (Founder of Alibaba) were meeting BPP members.

Green Entrepreneur Network (GEN)

Sponsored by the Green Future Fund, the GEN is a corporate executive education program to promote ESG among entrepreneurs. Gao Xiqing, former President of China Investment Corporation, launched GEN in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Young Energy Observer Program

Sponsored by the Energy Observer affiliated with the Southern Power Grid Company, the program supports college students around China to conduct field studies related to energy every summer. 

Green Finance Forum of 60 (GF60)

GF60 is a nonprofit platform registered in Shanghai that convenes international leaders from governments, corporations, financial institutions, and academics to promote responsible investing. Prof. Junjie Zhang serves as its Chief Economist.

Initiative for Sustainable Investment (ISI)

The Initiative for Sustainable Investment (ISI) is a university-wide initiative at Duke Kunshan University (DKU). The mission of the ISI is to advance societal knowledge about sustainable and responsible investing to address critical global environmental challenges through objective, evidence-based research, policy outreach, and executive education.

The ISI has created a Student Fellow Program (SFP) to engage students in real-world research projects. The SFP is designed to involve students with strong interests in the field of sustainable investment and assist them in having the valuable experience to achieve their career goals and academic pursuits. We welcome students from DKU, Duke, and all other universities.

Interested students may contact us at dku_isi@dukekunshan.edu.cn.