Two papers by Associate Professor Wei Wendong of Shanghai Jiao Tong University were published in Nature Sustainability.


Recently, Associate Professor Wei Wendong and his research team have published several high-level research papers in top journals in the field of sustainable development, including two research papers in Nature Sustainability, a sub-journal of Nature, which have conducted in-depth research on the implied greenhouse gas emissions from the construction of China's power grid infrastructure and the synergistic reduction of air pollutants and carbon dioxide in the industrial sector, which are important for China to achieve the goal of carbon peaking and carbon neutrality.

The research paper "Air pollution reduction and climate co-benefits in China's industries" uses energy consumption and air pollutant emissions data from micro-enterprises in China's industrial sector. The microscopic mechanisms of synergistic reduction potential of air pollutants and carbon dioxide in China's industries are investigated in depth. The results show that technological advances in end-of-pipe treatment and energy efficiency improvements in the non-electricity sector are the most important contributors to air pollutant emission reductions during the sample period, while air pollutant emission reductions in the electricity sector are mainly due to improvements in end-of-pipe treatment technologies. The restructuring of production and electrification can bring significant indirect synergistic emission reduction benefits. For the industrial sector electrification path, the magnitude of the co-benefits depends on the cleanliness of China's power supply structure due to the differences in boiler energy conversion efficiency and transmission losses. Dr. Haoqi Qian, a young associate researcher at the Institute of Global Public Policy, Fudan University, and Shaodan Xu, a professor at the School of Economics, Fudan University, are the co-first authors of the paper, and Associate Professor Wendong Wei, Assistant Professor Jing Meng at University College London, and Professor Lipo Wu at the School of Economics, Fudan University, are the co-corresponding authors of the paper.

Recently, Associate Professor Wei also published his research paper "China’s retrofitting measures in coal-fired power plants bring significant mercury-related health benefits" and "Using existing infrastructure to realize low-cost and flexible photovoltaic power generation in areas with high power demand in China" as co-first author or co-corresponding author with his co-research team in OneEarth and iScience, the sub-journals of Cell. The papers presents an analysis of the environmental impacts and health benefits of clean coal-fired power plants in China and the feasibility of building low-cost and flexible photovoltaic power generation based on coal-fired power plants.

From January to March 2021, two papers published by Associate Professor Wei as the first author were selected as ESI (top 1%) papers in social sciences and science&technology, namely "Unbalanced economic benefits and the electricity-related carbon emissions embodied in China's interprovincial trade" published in Journal of Environmental Management in 2020 and  "Multi-scale electricity-related carbon emissions accounting: a case study of Shanghai"  published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2020.

Associate Professor Wei Wendong received his PhD in regional economics from Peking University in July 2016, mainly engaged in research on ecological civilization construction, carbon peaking and carbon neutrality, global governance, national security, etc. He is currently presiding over one National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Science Fund project, one Ministry of Education Country and Regional Research Project, one Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science Planning Youth Project, and selected for the Shanghai Young Scientist Talent Sailing Program. He has published more than 60 articles in domestic and international academic journals such as Nature Sustainability and Cell (OneEarth, iScience), as well as in newspapers and media such as Liberation Daily and the "Learning Power" learning platform. More than 60 articles, including 5 ESI (top 1%) papers. A number of reports on political advice have been approved by national and provincial leading comrades. He founded and runs the academic public number "Energy, Environment, Economy and Governance Research", which has more than 4,000 followers, and has accumulated more than 290 high-level papers, which have been read more than 170,000 times.

In recent years, the College of International and Public Affairs has implemented an active scientific research policy, strived to promote the internal development of the discipline, and insisted on supporting the construction of "double first-class" with high-level scientific research. The College has achieved a series of important scientific research results by focusing on cultivating high-quality scientific research results and excellent young and middle-aged academic backbones. The total number of CSSCI annual publications has exceeded 100 for many years, and many papers have been published in China Social Science, Public Administration Review and other important academic journals at home and abroad, and many of them have been selected as ESI (top 1%) papers. The College's research competitiveness and academic influence have been expanding.