Energy Efficiency

China's Industrial Energy Audits: New Study From Lawrence Berkeley

A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s China Energy Group recently released an in-depth study on China’s industrial energy auditing practices. Because China’s industrial sector accounts for roughly two thirds of China’s total energy consumption, industrial energy audits play a critical role in assessing the efficacy of China’s policies and progress in improving energy efficiency.

President Hu and President Obama in Washington: Advancing the clean energy partnership between the United States and China

President Hu Jintao concluded his visit to the United States Friday, after meeting with President Obama and other top government and business leaders in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Among the many issues on the agenda for these two leaders, strengthening cooperation on climate change and clean energy is an area where real progress is being made.

Official Statements on the Hu-Obama Summit

China and the U.S. issued a joint statement Wednesday, January 19, covering the range of issues discussed during President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington this week. The White House also posted a fact sheet summarizing Hu and Obama’s agreement to enhance cooperation on climate change, clean energy, and the environment. The Department of Energy provides further detail on these Clean Energy Cooperation Announcements.

US-China Clean Energy Cooperation and CCS

On January 18, at a ceremony at the US-China Strategic Forum on Clean Energy Cooperation in Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and China’s Energy Minister Zhang Guogao and Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang signed an agreement to advance the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC).

Department of Energy Report: U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation

On January 18, 2011, the Department of Energy released a report detailing the substantial progress made to date on a number of clean energy initiatives between China and the United States.

To download the report, click here

ChinaFAQs: Resources for the Hu-Obama Summit

China and the U.S. at the Summit

What Can We Expect on Climate and Energy in China in 2011?

2011 will be a big year for climate and energy policy development in China, so we thought we’d highlight some of the key China energy and climate-related stories to watch out for during the course of the year. We’ve known to expect major developments now for over a year, since China’s commitments made at the Copenhagen climate talks in late 2009 were scheduled to be implemented in the 2011 12th Five Year Plan.

Taking Action to Meet its Climate Pledge - China Enacts National Energy Efficiency DSM Regulations to Dramatically Scale Up Investments in Energy Efficiency

This post was co-authored with NRDC China Energy Efficiency/DSM Project Director Mona Yew and NRDC legal fellow Bruce Ho.

As we begin a new round of international climate negotiations in Cancun, China has taken another potentially giant step towards meeting its climate pledge. On November 4, 2010, China’s central government enacted national energy efficiency regulations that will establish national utility demand-side management, or DSM programs.

Report from Cancun: China’s Climate Progress Since Copenhagen

As negotiators arrive in Cancun for the next round of global climate talks, speculation once again hovers around China’s positions. China is a tough negotiator, and we can once again see it expressing concern about its core issues, including developed country mitigation commitments, technology transfer and the adequacy of financing. But as we look to negotiating positions, it is also worth stepping back for a minute to reflect on what China is doing domestically and how China’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and low carbon technologies can contribute to the global effort to combat climate change.

China’s Party Plenum Recommends Climate Actions in the 12th Five Year Plan

In addition to the Party Plenum Communique (discussed on this site last week), China’s Communist Party in its annual meeting (called a Plenum) issued an “opinion” on the 12th Five Year Plan. This essentially is a set of instructions and parameters to drafters of the plan. My colleague Fong Wee Kean in the WRI Beijing office translated the full paragraph 22 on climate change into English.