Webinar Series:
“Selling American Energy Efficiency Products and Services in China”

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April 30 + June 4

The series is organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. Commercial Service), in collaboration with the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and the U.S.-China Cleantech Center. Click here to visit the webinar webpage.

Cost: $45 per webinar or $75 for the last two. Click here to visit the registration page

(Discounts for Alliance Partners).

Webinar log-on information will be sent to registered participants 1 week before each webinar.

Webinar schedule:

  • Webinar #2: How to develop a strategic plan for my company: Assessing company readiness for China and managing potential risks
    •   Weds. April 30th - 5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Thurs., May 1st - 8am)

Moderator: Terry Fry, Senior Vice President, Nexant
Speaker: James Chapman, Bingham
Speaker: Benjamin Bai, Allen & Overy

  • Webinar #3: How to execute a successful China strategy: Building and maintaining partnerships 
    • Weds. June 4th - 5pm PDT /8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Thurs, June 5th - 8am)

Moderator: Elizabeth Turner-Fox, iCET
Speaker: Nand Ramchandani, OSIsoft LLC
Speaker: Jay Sparling, Honeywell

  • Webinar #1 (completed)Are there real opportunities for EE companies in China? Assessing recent developments in China’s energy efficiency market
    •   Tues. April 8th - 5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Weds, April 9th - 8am)

Moderator/Speaker: Elizabeth Shieh, Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Beijing
Speaker: Helena Fu, US-China Energy Cooperation Program, US Dept. of Energy
Speaker: Ben Foster, Senior VP, Optony

There will also be a 4th webinar on energy efficiency finance this summer. Stay tuned!

For more details, please contact us: info@chinauseealliance.org; (t) 415-951-8975

Lung cancer cases linked to air quality in China

lung cancer chartA type of lung cancer reported to be increasing in Beijing has been linked to worsening air quality, with an expert warning that the potential health impact could be much greater than the SARS epidemic in 2003.

“The proportion of lung adenocarcinoma cases is increasing,” said Wang Ning, deputy director of the Beijing Office for Cancer Prevention and Control, adding that there has been a drop in the proportion of squamous cell lung cancer cases in the capital.

Adenocarcinoma of the lung is a common histological form of lung cancer that contains certain distinct malignant tissue, while the other type is a form of non-small-cell lung cancer. Medical experts believe that smoking is more likely to cause squamous cell lung cancer, while exposure to air pollution, such as exhaust gases and secondhand smoking, is more likely to cause adenocarcinoma of the lung, Wang said.

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China Exceeds U.S. on Energy-Efficiency Spending for First Time!

Residential buildings stand in the Fangshan district of Beijing, China. Photo credit:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Residential buildings stand in the Fangshan district of Beijing, China. Photo credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

It has just been announced that China spent more on energy efficiency than the U.S. for the first time, accounting for almost a third of the world’s total with $4.3 billion invested. According to data released yesterday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance,  global spending on energy efficiency rose almost 5 percent to $14.9 billion while North American investment declined as much as 33 percent to $3.6 billion.

Read more here: China Exceeds U.S. on Energy-Efficiency Spending for First Time

China is increasing energy efficiency this year – slowing the growth in coal and oil consumption

Photo Credit: World Bank

Photo Credit: World Bank

This is exciting news! “Coal consumption as a proportion of the total energy mix will fall below 65% in 2014, NEA said. This is an acceleration of an earlier target set by the central government — which in its 2011-15 Five-Year Plan report for energy development released early last year was aiming for coal consumption to be reduced to 65% of the total energy mix by 2015.”

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The science is in! New study finds China is exporting harmful air pollution to the U.S.

NY Times/ European Pressphoto Agency

NY Times/ European Pressphoto Agency

Shocking results from a recent study finds pollution from Chinese industry is contributing to worsening air quality in U.S. West Coast states like California. The New York Times reported that the study’s research is the first to quantify how air pollution in the United States is being affected by China’s production of goods for export and by global consumer demand for those goods.

This study reveals the importance of how interconnected China’s pollution really is. Alex L. Wang, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, responded to the study by saying: “This is a reminder to us that a significant percentage of China’s emissions of traditional pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions are connected to the products we buy and use every day in the U.S. We should be concerned, not only because this pollution is harming the citizens of China, but because it’s damaging the air quality in parts of the U.S.”

The pollution is having dire effects on human health in China. For example, there is a drop in life spans in northern China because of the harmful air pollutants they are exposed to daily. It is now affecting the health of those living in U.S. West Coast states due to the westerly winds bringing the pollution across the Pacific Ocean.

The Alliance has been monitoring this issue and concluded that not only do we need to continue our focus on protecting the global environment, but also need to focus on protecting human health. Thus we updated our mission to reflect this important issue: Protecting human health and the global environment by working with China to promote Energy Efficiency as a preferred energy resource. 

Read more about the study here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/china-also-exports-pollution-to-western-us-study-finds.html?ref=world