IWEP World Energy Research Division, one of research and advisory groups to National Energy Administration, P. R. China
I. Research Positioning
The World Energy Research (WER) is an energy research platform at the Institute of World Economy & Politics (IWEP) of the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Based on its theoretical studies, the WER emphasizes the world energy geostrategic research and country energy policy oriented studies relevant to requirements derived from the energy industry worldwide and the governmental energy agency in China. The WER, putting the world in view, aims to be one of the world-class specialized energy think tank in Beijing directed by Professor Xiaojie Xu, the Chief Research Fellow.
II. Research Focus
1. Global energy outlooks, energy industry and geopolitical research, grand review of major energy players, especially multinational oil and gas investment strategies.
2. Industry policy studies focusing on alternative energy sources including wind, solar, nuclear and bio-energy.
3. Business environment review and evaluation for multinationals focusing on Russia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, as well as the Europe (in new energy policy)
4. Bilateral, multilateral and global energy governance and outbound policy orientation studies.
5. Public interest and policy making on the energy issues.
III. Projects & Activities
1. Internal & external research series: global geopolitical review of China’s energy security, China’s energy strategic updates under ecological civilization construction, the multilateral energy cooperation mechanism, Energy BRICS in discussion and global energy governance under the G20 framework.
2. Energy Briefing series: policy assignments under the direction of National Energy Administration and corporate energy leaders.
3. World Energy China Outlook series: annual flagship publication on world energy in conjunction with international energy authorities to be released in every November-December and presented in the following months at home and abroad.
4. Energy Security Mini-Forum co-hosted by the NEA, IWEP and selected world energy bodies.
7. Visiting program series: Academic exchanges with domestic and international institutions worldwide including outbound and inbound visiting scholar program, attending workshops and in-personal meetings.
8. Industry policy and corporate strategic advisory series: delivering advisory services on request for national energy administration departments and domestic energy firms on their overseas expansions or cooperation.
IV. Research Outreach
1. Long term research collaboration and/or exchanges with the International Energy Agency, Energy Charter and the EU’s Energy on the world energy governance.
2. Initial cooperation intent with the Energy Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences to carry out joint research on the energy cooperation between China and Russia.
3. Communications with US based think tanks such as the CSIS on Sino-US energy dialogues.
4. Cooperations with the Universities in Canada conducting a research on the Best Practice Guidelines for energy businesses from both China and Canada.