Subnational Carbon Neutral Demonstration Associate (China)

Beijing, 11 China

In 2013, RMI began working in China as a part of a joint research project including the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs’ China Energy Group, and Energy Foundation China. The group designed a road map, called Reinventing Fire: China, to promote renewables and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the Chinese economy without compromising economic growth. This roadmap has become the basis for ongoing programmatic activity.

RMI continues to expand its Chinese presence, with our Beijing office serving as the hub for our nationwide engagements. In 2017, RMI was awarded an overseas NGO certificate by China, and the National Energy Administration is our supervising government agency in China. The Beijing office works on multiple parts of China’s energy transformation including heavy industry decarbonization, power sector reform, low-carbon mobility and freight solutions, low-carbon cities, transforming the building stock, advancing clean production of hydrogen, and establishing the foundation for a circular economy.

The Role

Associate, Subnational Carbon Neutral Demonstration Initiative

Program Overview

RMI is seeking an Associate to join our Beijing office to support the Subnational Carbon Neutral Demonstration initiative and regional zero-carbon development project. The initiative creates innovative demonstrations of carbon neutrality with a focus on cross-sector synergy and whole-system approach, to support bottom-up implementation of China's national 2060 carbon neutral goal. The regional zero-carbon development project is collaborating with city governments, project management committee, associated research institutes, design institutes, and other key stakeholders to significantly scale the zero-carbon urban development. Specifically, the initiative focuses on three areas:

  • Formulate strategic planning, quantitative objectives, technical roadmap and policy recommendations for the zero-carbon energy transformation pathways in new urban development zones, and support the subsequent implementation of the zero-carbon development plan;
  • Accelerate the application of building full life cycle carbon emission reduction standards in urban development process through creating international leading pilot, promoting pilot experience, and carrying out international cooperation;
  • Provide thought leadership to the market on zero-carbon heating solutions through analyzing heating market, selecting innovative technologies, and promoting pilot projects.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct the carbon emission modeling and calculation, economic and technical analysis needed to drive key insights and recommendations;
  • Coordinate partners and experts to help the project research;
  • Follow the market evolvement and identify zero carbon heating technologies and startups;
  • Review and summarize domestic and international experience and best practices in building life cycle carbon emission reduction;
  • Support the design and delivery of market and policy mechanisms and instruments to support scaling of decarbonization pilots and best practices;
  • Facilitate climate technology innovation community building through information sharing, convenings, and on-going communications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master degree or equivalent in energy, economics, and related majors;
  • 1~2 years’ work experience;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent writing skills, visual presentation capability, and verbal communication skills in both Mandarin and English;
  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationship establishment and maintaining skills, desire to work collaboratively.

Candidates with the following experience and capabilities will be preferred:

  • Excellent quantitative analysis and modeling skills;
  • Intense curiosity and creativity, and know how to use new media for publicity and promotion;
  • Entrepreneurial self starter, with intense curiosity and creativity on exploring unfamiliar problems;
  • Proven cross-cultural sensitivity with overseas education or work experience preferred.


Beijing, China


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

As such, it is one of our core values, and we strive for a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or other social identities—is critical to the long-term success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges;
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued;
  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in working for RMI and your resume to Please submit materials bilingually or in English by March 29, 2021. Be prepared to submit a resume and a cover letter, both documents are required. Candidates who do not provide a compelling answer to the question "Why do you want to work at RMI" in their cover letter may not be considered. Additionally, incomplete application materials (for example, a missing cover letter) may not be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, RMI is not able to respond to every applicant. We will be in contact with applicants moving to the interview stage.

If you have questions regarding the position, please email:

RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

About RMI

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5ÅãC future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

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