Chinese Newscast Highlights Trade Mission

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Chinese City and District Representatives meet with California Energy Commission Delegation 

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English transcript:

Yesterday, a California Energy Commission delegation led by Chairman Robert Weisenmiller came to Changzhou City Wujin District to meet with city officials Fang Guoqiang, Zang Jianzhong, and Ling Guangyao.

The California Energy Commission delegation came to Wujin to facilitate US-China collaboration on promoting clean energy technology, strengthening energy efficiency and emission reduction in enterprises, and expanding business in the Chinese market. According to vice mayor Fang Guoqiang, the new mode of economic development in China must follow a path that includes green technology, low carbon emissions, and recycling. In Changzhou and Wujin, the government is promoting innovative practices on new energy development, which include “energy evaluation on new development projects, household energy efficient action plan, enterprise energy efficient adaptation, elimination of coal-powered electricity facilities and the establishment of a green building model district.”

Fang says that the United States has many technologies that Changzhou can learn from and the city is seeking opportunities to collaborate with California in areas such as human capital, technology innovation, and business and trade, all of which will help Changzhou to become a regional and national pioneer on low carbon development.

According to Robert Weisenmiller, collaboration on climate change will bring the U.S. and China together to face the challenges of air, water, and soil pollution, and hopefully utilize technology to mass manufacture materials that will promote an eco-revolution in solar, wind, geothermal, and biodiesel energy. Weisenmiller believes the U.S. and China are strong in human capital and technology, and that California’s future collaboration with Changzhou will do a great deal to further sustainable urban development practices in China.

SOTU and the U.S.- China Climate Change Agreement


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Alliance President, Barbara Finamore, recently blogged about President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address and how it brings to light the importance of China-US cooperation on climate action.

Barbara writes, ”Some American politicians might scoff at the idea that China is serious and committed to climate change, or even go so far as to suggest that all of China’s climate actions and commitments are just another giant hoax. Yet I’ve watched China’s climate programs in action, and they are very real indeed. I’ve seen how China’s world-leading investments in, and commitments to, renewable energy, clean transportation, low carbon cities and energy efficient industries are already producing results. And as China continues to close down coal mines and order more regions to cut coal consumption, China’s coal use has fallen for the first time this century and continues to drop.”

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Great news! China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014


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Reuters reported good news from China’s energy sector.  China has cut its energy use per unit of GDP by 4.8% in 2014, beating its target of 3.9% and the previous year’s 3.7% drop, Reuters reports.  This comes at a crucial time when China tries to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.


Thank you

By Julia Beabout, PE

There has been so much positive feedback from the trade mission! All the delegates gained valuable new insight into China and its energy efficiency market. The business delegates came away with numerous new, actionable contacts and project leads, while the political delegates are now eager to engage more of their constituents with the Chinese market.

These successes were achieved through the hard work and dedication of a many people over numerous months. That group not only includes our own staff and volunteers here at the Alliance, but also our partners on the mission organizing team, namely: the US Commercial Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), ChinaSF, The US-China Clean Tech Center (UCCTC), and the folks at Optony. Without their teamwork, the mission would not have been possible. With deepest gratitude, we say thank you!

Trade Mission – SATURDAY, DEC 13, SHANGHAI

By Julia Beabout, PE

Although the trade mission officially ended on Friday, there was an opportunity to visit one more business in the low carbon development sector on Saturday morning before heading home: a business incubator sponsored by the Shanghai Industrial Finance Investment LTD (a.k.a. SHIF).

SHIF has two missions:  First, to invest in promising start-ups by providing capital and on-site office resources.  As part of this process, they can also facilitate the legal and governmental resources that new businesses need to get going in China.  Their portfolio includes several international sustainable businesses that focus on green building consulting and products, such as green walls and water treatment.  Second, they undertake development projects of their own in which they apply sustainable building principles and rating systems, as well as participate in green building data exchange.

SHIF has entered into a partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to promote green building technologies and services in China.  As part of their agreement, some of their services are available to USGBC members for free.

SHIF incubator facilities are located in the northeast section of Shanghai near Fudan University and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.  They offer a beautiful, quiet oasis in the midst of the bustling city.  Office rents are as low as a few hundred RMB per month.  Low cost, subsidized residential apartments are also available for startup staff.  The closest subway stop is currently at Fudan University, however, the subway will soon be extended to within convenient walking distance of the incubator campus.

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Main incubator office building: Photo credit: Julia Beabout


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One of several additional incubator office buildings on the campus. Photo credit: Julia Beabout