The Alliance is featured on CCTV America!

This week, CCTV America showcased the Alliance on their Global Business segment. Mark Niu from CCTV reports on China’s recent pledge to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 60 percent and to generate a fifth of its electricity from clean sources by 2030. These targets are ambitious and are expected to provide some big business opportunities for U.S. companies.

Two of the Alliance Partners are highlighted for their energy efficiency technology: Nexant, Inc. and Opower. This segment coincides with President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. this week. See more below.

Electricity use trends point to major gains in China’s energy efficiency

Energy buildingTracking a country’s electricity use can offer insight into industrial output, energy efficiency and the effectiveness of energy policies. For decades, China has been pursuing energy efficiency and demand side management policies to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign energy imports and increase its economic competitiveness; but many of these efforts are only now becoming apparent due to large-scale structural changes to the Chinese economy.

“For years, China had implemented successful policies to improve the efficiency of heavy industrial facilities, such as cement, steel, and aluminum plants, but rapid expansion of this heavy industrial capacity throughout the country was overshadowing gains in efficiency, meaning continued growth in overall energy consumption in these sectors,” said Max Dupuy, Senior Associate at the Regulatory Assistant Project, an organization that provides technical assistance and international expertise on energy efficiency and environmental policy.

Now, a slowdown in absolute economic growth is revealing impressive aggregate gains, as demonstrated by China’s electricity consumption figures for the first quarter of 2015: Overall electricity consumption grew only 0.8% year on year to 1.29 trillion kilowatt hours according to the National Bureau of Statistics. This represents a 4.6% drop from the same period the previous year.

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Energy-efficiency has staying power as China business trend

chinese cityBuildings, buildings and more buildings have been the most prevalent image of China’s development. Over 50 billion (bn) sqm (square meters) of building space have been erected in the country; and on average another 2bn sqm gets built each year.

Both residential and commercial buildings account for more than 40 percent of total energy usage in China, according to

Hence, a new trend is emerging for developers to construct eco-friendly and energy-efficient skyscrapers and condominiums. Such efforts can cut costs on utility bills, while reducing pollution nationwide.

As of April 2015, 320 million sqm of green building space in China is certified by the domestic Green Building Evaluation Standards (GBES) or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standards (LEEDS) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Inside China’s shift to a low-carbon economy — what it means for business


Shanghai at night. Credit: Shutterstock/fuyu liu

China’s announcement of how it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions represents the clearest signal to date that a major structural shift away from carbon-intensive development is underway in the world’s second-largest economy.

…The private sector is key to delivering on this vision, and the Chinese government’s announcement is likely to have far-reaching impacts on commercial interests in China. Companies operating in China — whether domestically owned, state owned or multinational with supply chains in the country — will need to grapple with these new policies.

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UN Climate Head Praises Chinese Efforts To Curb Climate Change


The UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres. Credit: UN Climate Change | Flickr

Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief, told reporters during a recent interview that China understands the importance of making such green efforts. She explained that the country follows the most stringent standards for energy efficiency for building construction and transportation.

Figueres added that the Chinese government is faced with growing pressure from the public as more and more of its citizens call for a reduction in air pollution caused by widespread use of coal.

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