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 delegation from the United States’ California Energy Commission came to to Changzhou City, Wujin District for an official visit.  District leaders Fang Guoqiang, Zang Jianzhong and Ling Guangyao met with the Chairman of the Energy Commission, Robert Weisenmiller.

The California Energy Commission delegation traveled to Beijing, Tianjin and Qingdao, ending in Wujin District.  The aim of the mission was to promote US-China clean energy technology cooperation, strengthen guidance for energy saving and carbon reduction enterprises and expand business in the Chinese markets.

Vice Mayor Fang Guoqiang stated that the Chinese economy has entered a new normal:   a model that must hold fast to the development of a green, low carbon, circular economy.  Changzhou and Wujin are promoting and applying new energy resources and advancing innovative practices, including initiating progressive government assessments of new building projects; carrying out household  energy efficiency action plans; encouraging enterprises to carry out energy saving renovations; vigorously spreading new energy resources, phasing-out coal power plants and small boilers;  and establishing green building demonstration zones; etc.  Fang Guoqiang expressed that America has many worthwhile technologies that Changzhou can draw lessons from.  He hopes to explore opportunities for cooperation and trade with California in the areas of human capital and science and technology innovation and thereby advance Changzhou’s low carbon model throughout Jiangsu province and the whole country.

Chair Weisenmiller expressed that the two parties face related environmental challenges: air, water, and soil pollution.   He hopes to use science and technology to promote an eco-revolution in solar, wind, geothermal and bio-mass energy and collaborate on their large scale manufacture.  Weisenmiller said America and China both possess powerful human capital, scientific knowledge and hold tight to a beautiful vision of the future.  He stated that California is willing to work with Changzhou to realize sustainable urban development.

Translation by Julia Beabout, PE

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.”

[Read more from her blog here]

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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Communal meeting area in main office building. Photo Credit: Julia Beabout

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Common break area with kitchenette in main office building. Photo Credit: Julia Beabout

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

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Espresso barista bar and café: Photo: Julia Beabout

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Espresso barista bar and café: Photo: Julia Beabout

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Typical common office space. Photo Credit: Julia Beabout

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Common gymnasium. Photo Credit: Julia Beabout