How Much Do You Know About Air Pollution in China? Take the CRT Challenge

A traffic policeman signals to drivers during a smoggy day in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. Reuters

A traffic policeman signals to drivers during a smoggy day in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. Reuters

Test your knowledge on China’s air quality. China Real Time is putting readers to the test. You might be surprised what you find out.

Click here to access the quiz. 

Join Our EE Business Development Mission to China!

us china handshakeDecember 7-13, 2014

Join a small, select group of companies in the energy efficiency sector on a business development mission to China!

The week-long mission will begin in Beijing and visit Tianjin, Qingdao and Changzhou. These cities were chosen because they have specific needs for support in the energy efficiency sector, have the strong support of local officials, and have the ability to set up one-on-one meetings geared to the interests of participating companies. Contact us for more itinerary details. 

Who should participate?  

The mission is geared to any small- and medium-sized company that has proven technology and/or expertise in the energy efficiency sector, including equipment, software and service providers. We are focusing on companies that have sufficient experience, staff and funding to be able to make a commitment to working in China. For purposes of this mission, energy efficiency includes residential and commercial building efficiency/green buildings (new buildings and retrofits) as well as industrial efficiency.

How much does it cost?

Total cost per participant is $7500 for all expenses in China. 

  • This includes all meetings, receptions, translation, domestic travel, accommodations, and meals.
  • This does not include roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and China, visas, and company-specific needs (such as brochures and interpretation for one-on-one meetings).

Contact information:


(415) 951-8975

Click here for the mission website

Support the Alliance by shopping at AmazonSmile!

amazonsmileWhen you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. There is no cost to using AmazonSmile  – it is the same process and cost as using Amazon.

Signing up is easy:
Go to to register with your existing account. Please note that we are listed under our official name, China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Again, the Alliance’s AmazonSmile link:

Thank you! We appreciate you supporting our efforts in combating global climate change by promoting energy efficiency as the preferred energy resource in China.

Roundtable on California-China cooperation on climate change

On June 5, Chair Robert Weisenmiller of the California Energy Commission and Secretary Matthew Rodriquez of the California Environmental Protection Agency discussed the unprecedented cooperation between California and China to combat climate change, promote clean and efficient energy, and support low carbon development. Hosted by Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, the sold-out audience included representatives from the clean technology and energy industries, local governments, academia, and civil society.

In a panel discussion moderated by Annie Notthoff of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Secretary Rodriquez and Chair Weisenmiller started by noting what an enormous challenge and opportunity it is for California and China to cooperate on improving air quality for both sides of the Pacific Ocean.  This effort is supported by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two governments in September 2013, as well as a number of other MOUs and agreements between California and the central or provincial governments in China.

Three speakers

From left: Annie Notthoff, NRDC (moderator), Chair Robert Weisenmiller, CEC, and Secretary Matthew Rodriquez, Cal/EPA. Photo: Fran Schulberg

Several areas of cooperation were highlighted, especially pertaining to energy efficiency, low carbon development, and other sustainable development efforts. Chair Weisenmiller mentioned how some of California’s regulatory structure can be adapted to China’s structure to assist them in making the transition from coal. He noted that China is now looking at a cap on coal by 2017. He stressed that this is the right time to collaborate with both decision makers at the central and provincial levels in China because, as he declared, “Climate is one of the defining challenges of our time.”

Secretary Rodriquez highlighted how cooperation on climate change and energy between California and China is a tremendous benefit to both economies by providing numerous opportunities for Californa and Chinese businesses to work together, especially within the energy efficiency and cleantech sectors. The market potential in China is staggering. He also noted that the newly opened California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai (part of the Bay Area Council and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)) will help bolster additional business opportunities on both sides of the Pacific.

Secretary Rodriquez underscored that there have been concrete actions and follow-up since the signing of these agreements to ensure that they become more than just “paper MOUs”. Such follow-up has included at least three delegations from California’s Air Resource Board that have traveled to China to discuss air quality issues including PM2.5, as well as trips to California by officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. During these visits, Secretary Rodriquez has been amazed by the number of Chinese officials who have mentioned that despite California’s previous air pollution issues, the state learned how to improve its air quality while concurrently growing the economy—something that China wishes to do.  Secretary Rodriquez emphasized that when you see a willing partner who is interested in tackling these problems together, you can’t back away.

Barbara Finamore, President of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, recently commented on the cooperation between California and China. “It is exciting to see the initiatives between California and China to cooperate on targeting and reducing the sources of harmful air pollutants. The MOUs signed between both parties in the past two years have created a solid working foundation for state agencies, businesses, civil society, and academia to collaborate on trade and investment initiatives while simultaneously addressing air pollution and climate change.” Finamore is optimistic that there will be great opportunities for private sector and non-governmental organizations to be involved in some of the MOU implementation plans.


New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China’s Environmental Protection Law Amendments

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore

View from NRDC Beijing office window March 26 2014

View from NRDC Beijing office window March 26, 2014

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore, recently wrote on China’s new Environmental Protection Law Amendments and how its a big game changer for the country.

Barbara highlights how the new amendments to China’s bedrock environmental law puts powerful new tools into the hands of environmental officials and the public, providing a strong legal foundation to the “war on pollution” declared last month by Premier Li Keqiang.

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