Bing Zhu is Professor and Director of Institute for Circular Economy at Tsinghua University. He is an expert in circular economy assessment, techno-economic analysis and industrial park green development.

Bing Zhu (朱兵) is Director and Professor of the Institute of Circular Economy at Tsinghua University, China. In addition, he is a Guest Research Scholar at Energy Program of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.

Now a Member of the Inter-Ministerial Panel of the People's Republic of China on Circular Economy, Dr Zhu works with his team to actively provide scientific support for China’s circular economy and resource efficiency. He is also active in professional services such as Member of Advisory Panel for the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China in Cooperation with International Organizations, and Vice Chairman of Circular Economy Committee of Chinese Ecological Economics Society. He previously specialized in energy systems engineering and techno-economics, but shifted his research focus to natural resource management and circular economy.

Since 2008, Dr Zhu was appointed by the National Development and Reform Commission of China and Ministry of Science and Technology of China  to serve as the scientific coordinator of two joint research programmes on circular economy, namely “Researches and Demonstrations of Key Technologies on Decision Support and System Construction for Circular Economy” (2008-2011) and “Researches and Demonstrations of Key Technologies on Regional Circular Economy Development” (2012-2016), which were undertaken by more than 30 institutions.

Dr Zhu was also the scientific coordinator of two national pilot surveys in 2010 and 2012 on natural resource consumption jointly organized by NDRC and the National Bureau of Statistics of China, with more than 93,000 enterprises involved.

Dr Zhu graduated from Tsinghua University with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) in 1990 and 1997, respectively, and received his Doctoral Degree in Engineering (Industrial Engineering and Management) in 2000 from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.


Selected publications

Jiang, M., Behrens, P., Wang, T., Tang, Z., Yu, Y., Chen, D., Liu, L., Ren, Z., Zhou, W., Zhu, S., He, C., Tukker, A., & Zhu, B. (2019). Provincial and sector-level material footprints in China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(52), 26484–26490. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903028116

Zhang, Y., Zhao, H., Yu, Y., Wang, T., Zhou, W., Jiang, J., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2019). Copper in-use stocks accounting at the sub-national level in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 147, 49–60. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.04.010

Yu, Y., Liang, S., Zhou, W., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A., & Zhu, B. (2019). A two-tiered attribution structural decomposition analysis to reveal drivers at both sub-regional and sectoral levels: A case study of energy consumption in the Jing-Jin-Ji region. Journal of Cleaner Production, 213, 165–175. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.167

Luo, Z., Hu, S., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2018). From Production to Consumption: A Coupled Human–Environmental Nitrogen Flow Analysis in China. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(4), 2025–2035. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03471

Liu, B., Chen, D., Zhou, W., Nasr, N., Wang, T., Hu, S., & Zhu, B. (2018). The effect of remanufacturing and direct reuse on resource productivity of China’s automotive production. Journal of Cleaner Production, 194, 309–317. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.119

Yu, Y., Zhou, L., Zhou, W., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A., Ma, T., & Zhu, B. (2017). Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth on city level: The Case Study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Indicators, 75, 27–35. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.027

Yu, Y., Chen, D., Hu, S., Kharrazi, A., & Zhu, B. (2017). Advancing factors influencing resource productivity through the use of the material utility framework. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142, 1892–1900. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.11.096

Zhou, W., Wang, T., Yu, Y., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2016). Scenario analysis of CO2 emissions from China’s civil aviation industry through 2030. Applied Energy, 175, 100–108. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.004

Wang, T., Yu, Y., Zhou, W., Liu, B., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2016). Dynamics of material productivity and socioeconomic factors based on auto-regressive distributed lag model in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 137, 752–761. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.161

Zhou, W., Jiang, D., Chen, D., Griffy-Brown, C., Jin, Y., & Zhu, B. (2016). Capturing CO2 from cement plants: A priority for reducing CO2 emissions in China. Energy, 106, 464–474. doi: 10.1016/

Wang, W., Jiang, D., Chen, D., Chen, Z., Zhou, W., & Zhu, B. (2016). A Material Flow Analysis (MFA)-based potential analysis of eco-efficiency indicators of Chinas cement and cement-based materials industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, 787–796. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.06.103

Yu, Y., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A., Ma, T., & Zhu, B. (2015). Exploring socioeconomic drivers of environmental pressure on the city level: The case study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Economics, 118, 123–131. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.07.019

Zhou, W., Zhu, B., Chen, D., Zhao, F., & Fei, W. (2014). How policy choice affects investment in low-carbon technology: The case of CO2 capture in indirect coal liquefaction in China. Energy, 73, 670–679. doi: 10.1016/

Liu, X., Chen, D., Zhang, W., Qin, W., Zhou, W., Qiu, T., & Zhu, B. (2013). An assessment of the energy-saving potential in Chinas petroleum refining industry from a technical perspective. Energy, 59, 38–49. doi: 10.1016/

Yu, Y., Chen, D., Zhu, B., & Hu, S. (2013). Eco-efficiency trends in China, 1978–2010: Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth. Ecological Indicators, 24, 177–184. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.06.007

Zhou, W., Zhu, B., Chen, D., Griffy-Brown, C., Ma, Y., & Fei, W. (2011). Energy consumption patterns in the process of China’s urbanization. Population and Environment, 33(2-3), 202–220. doi: 10.1007/s11111-011-0133-5

Liu, X., Zhu, B., Zhou, W., Hu, S., Chen, D., & Griffy-Brown, C. (2011). CO2 emissions in calcium carbide industry: An analysis of Chinas mitigation potential. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 5(5), 1240–1249. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2011.06.002

Zhu, B., Zhou, W., Hu, S., Li, Q., Griffy-Brown, C., & Jin, Y. (2010). CO2 emissions and reduction potential in China’s chemical industry. Energy, 35(12), 4663–4670. doi: 10.1016/

Zhou, W., Zhu, B., Li, Q., Ma, T., Hu, S., & Griffy-Brown, C. (2010). CO2 emissions and mitigation potential in China’s ammonia industry. Energy Policy, 38(7), 3701–3709. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.02.048

Zhou, W., Zhu, B., Fuss, S., Szolgayová, J., Obersteiner, M., & Fei, W. (2010). Uncertainty modeling of CCS investment strategy in China’s power sector. Applied Energy, 87(7), 2392–2400. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.01.013