The NRDC recently nominated Chinese city Suzhou for the energy efficiency “Visionary Award” from The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). The award was presented on May 21 at ASE’s annual “EEGlobal Forum” held this year in Washington DC.
Alliance President and NRDC Asia Director, Barbara Finamore, accepted the award and delivered remarks on behalf of the Mayor of Suzhou.
Suzhou was selected for the visionary award due to its commitment to modernizing the city through the promotion and implementation of energy efficiency and demand side management programs. Suzhou’s achievements can be attributed to well-defined targets, promotion of energy savings, and innovation in energy efficiency mechanisms.
These innovations include:
1.) A “Suzhou Model” of energy auditing. Energy audits of all major energy consuming enterprises have already been conducted – 1043 by the end of 2012. Energy retrofits are then recommended.
2.) Suzhou has developed an “Energy Efficiency Star” rating system for energy consuming enterprises that maximize EE and reduce carbon emissions. The star rating system has been promoted nationally and has also been highlighted as a successful case study by the China-US Energy & Environment 10-Year Cooperation Framework.
3.) Information management for energy efficiency. Visually presenting energy consumption by region and enterprise using data from 1000+ energy audits has created an “energy digital mapping” system using Google maps. This map is the first of its kind in China and integrates information technology with industrial energy conservation.
4.) Electric power management and demand side management service platforms are also being integrated in Suzhou. Suzhou was one of the first DSM pilot cities identified by China’s NDRC in November 2012. This program requires a load reduction of 1 GW between January 2013 and December 2015. To achieve this goal, Suzhou has constructed a DSM service platform with load control and power efficiency to help enterprises enhance electric power management.