ERI SDPC is the only energy economy and policy research institute at the national level in China; its main function is to develop a scientific and technical basis-especially in economic evaluation and assessment-for the development of the government's energy strategy and policy. The institute is the major technical support group for the Chinese government in many important national programs, including international cooperative projects with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It also serves as the technical support group to the SDPC, the agency of climate change policy making in China. ERI operates directly or is affiliated with four research centers. The Energy Economics and Strategy Research Center works on energy demand forecast and balance analysis; energy supply sectors; media and long term development strategies, especially for the supply side; energy pricing; and regulation. The Energy Environment/climate change Research Center, which serves as the secretariat for the Working Group on Climate Change of China, was the group in preparing China's first country communication report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Center for Renewable Energy Development (CRED), a major supporting team to the State Development Planning Commission and the State Economic and Trade Commission on a series of national renewable energy promoting programs, also covers rural energy issues. The Beijing Energy Efficiency Center (BECon), founded by ERI and the US Department of Energy (USDOE), is well-known in energy conservation communities not only in China but globally; it has conducted many policy studies of energy efficiency and serves as a major technical supporting team for many national programs.
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