Trade Mission – TUESDAY, DEC 9, TIANJIN

By Julia Beabout, PE

We were up early this morning in order to make our way from Beijing to Tianjin.  Tianjin is located about an hour’s drive east of Beijing in Shandong province.  It is the fifth largest city in China.  It is home to 13 million people and carries provincial level status.  It was one of the first cities in China designated for low carbon development and is an important market for U.S. energy efficiency products and services.

The Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA), which was formed in 1984, was our host.  TEDA works closely with the US-China Clean Tech Center in the United States to research and promote clean technologies and facilitate matchmaking between US and Chinese businesses in the energy efficiency sector.


TEDA Building, Tiajin, Shangdong. Photo credit: Julia Beabout


Delegation at TEDA1

Part of the delegation with hosts at TEDA. Photo credit: Julia Beabout


TEDA exhibit hall

TEDA clean technology exhibit hall


The morning began with Chair Weisenmiller (CEC) expressing  California’s commitment to work with China to create prosperous green economies in both countries.  Our delegates then presented their energy efficiency solutions.  The information was eagerly received by the local Chinese business and political attendees.

Ben Foster presenting

Ben Foster of Optony Inc, one of the trade mission participants. Photo credit: Julia Beabout


The day concluded with a round-robin style matchmaking session with local Chinese buyers, providers and research entities.  Our delegates now have many new leads to follow up on.

matchmaking TEDA

Matchmaking session at TEDA. Photo credit: Julia Beabout