Bing Zhu 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 930,000 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.