About Hanling Yang

Hanling Yang

Senior Director, Energy Transition-Asia


Areas of expertise:

Environmental law, land use, and climate change.


Hanling Yang is a senior director of Energy Transition-Asia at the Environmental Defense Fund. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of EDF’s strategies and campaigns in key countries in the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate an equitable transition away from fossil fuel dependence, with a focus on halting the rise of fossil fuel emissions on a path consistent with a 2050 zero-carbon future.


Before joining EDF, Hanling was an associate director of the U.S.-Asia Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, working collaboratively with government institutions, non-government organizations and legal professionals to advance environmental governance in China. Hanling also worked at the China-US Center for Sustainable Development in Portland Oregon managing a decade-long sustainable land use and urban planning training program and green community projects.


Hanling holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School and a B.A. in English from Wuhan University, China.


Mandarin, English