Li Junfeng - 2017 Lifetime Achievement Winner

Li has been an independent voice on energy policy in China, repeatedly calling for a reduction in the reliance on coal and to strengthen its renewable power targets. He has dedicated his 30-year career to energy economy and energy environment studies.

Li Junfeng joined the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI NDRC) as a senior research fellow in 1982, where his research focused on climate, energy, the economy and policy. He then spent two years as an economist at the World Bank in Washington before returning as deputy director of ERI NDRC in 1994, where he was appointed Director General in 2011.

Li drafted many key documents in China, including the Renewable Energy Law, which was passed in 2005, and facilitated the country’s boom in renewable energy development.

He has held a number of important external roles—for instance, serving as vice-chairman of Global Wind Energy Council and REN21. He has engaged in renewable energy project development for Global Environmental Facility, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.

Li is currently director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation – National Development and Reform Commission, President of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and a member of China's National Energy Advisory Council, the Expert Committee of the National High-tech R&D Program, an academic committee for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and an expert committee on low carbon development for Beijing, Shanghai and Shanxi."