Dan J. Dudek

Vice President

Areas of expertise: China, climate change, global warming, air quality, pollution prevention, environmental markets


Dr. Dan Dudek is one of the world's leading experts in developing cap-and-trade programs to reduce pollution at the lowest possible cost. He is widely credited with developing the cap-and-trade model that led to dramatic reductions in sulfur dioxide, the leading cause of acid rain, in the United States.

Dan now leads EDF's China Program to help China design a national carbon emissions trading system and apply market mechanisms to address large-scale environmental problems.

Dan focuses on market-based instruments for environmental protection, emissions cap-and-trade programs, environmental governance, and environmental commodities markets.


  • Member, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, June 2007- present.
  • Advisor, Foreign Experts Advisory Committee, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, February 2014 – present.
  • Market Advisory Committee, California Environmental Protection Agency, January – June 2007.
  • Senior Adviser, Policy Research Center, Ministry of Environment, People's Republic of China, 2005 – present.
  • Co-Director, Reform of Penalties for Non-Compliance, Bureau of Enforcement and Supervision, Ministry of Environment, People's Republic of China, April 2004 – present.
  • Co-Chair, Environmental Governance Task Force, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, June 2005 – November 2006.
  • Co-Director, "4+3+1", Developing SO2 Emissions Trading in China, 2002-2004. State Environmental Protection Administration, May 2002 – June 2004.
  • Member, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Department of Energy, 1995-2000.
  • Member, Acid Rain Advisory Committee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1990-1992.
  • Adviser, Organization for Economic Development, Ministry of Environment, Poland; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; Regional Environment Center, Budapest; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; various public and private institutions.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • M.S., University of California, Davis
  • B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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