The China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance is pleased to announce that Honeywell has joined the Alliance as its newest Supporting Partner. Honeywell is a global leader in energy efficiency and clean energy generation technologies among other specialties. Honeywell has four business unites: Aerospace; Automation & Control Solutions; Performance Materials & Technologies; and Transportation Systems. The Alliance looks forward to opportunities to partner with Honeywell to advance energy efficiency adoption in China.
On May 22 2013, the Alliance held its first-ever public event: “Unleashing Energy Efficiency in China: Business Successes and Challenges” in Washington, DC. The event kicked off with a ceremonial signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Alliance and the US Department of Commerce.
The Alliance was pleased to welcome Antwaun Griffin (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations of the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration) to the event.
Griffin told attendees that the Memorandum of Understanding seeks to promote energy efficiency (EE) in China through increased access to Chinese markets for American businesses that have energy efficient solutions for buildings and facilities. He noted that the MOU would allow the Commerce Department and the Alliance to “enhance energy efficiency products and services in both the U.S. and China.”
DAS Griffin and Alliance President Barbara Finamore then signed an official document to finalize the Alliance’s new status as an Export Promotion Partner of the US Commercial Service.
The NRDC recently nominated Chinese city Suzhou for the energy efficiency “Visionary Award” from The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). The award was presented on May 21 at ASE’s annual “EEGlobal Forum” held this year in Washington DC.
Alliance President and NRDC Asia Director, Barbara Finamore, accepted the award and delivered remarks on behalf of the Mayor of Suzhou.
Suzhou was selected for the visionary award due to its commitment to modernizing the city through the promotion and implementation of energy efficiency and demand side management programs. Suzhou’s achievements can be attributed to well-defined targets, promotion of energy savings, and innovation in energy efficiency mechanisms.
These innovations include:
1.) A “Suzhou Model” of energy auditing. Energy audits of all major energy consuming enterprises have already been conducted – 1043 by the end of 2012. Energy retrofits are then recommended.
2.) Suzhou has developed an “Energy Efficiency Star” rating system for energy consuming enterprises that maximize EE and reduce carbon emissions. The star rating system has been promoted nationally and has also been highlighted as a successful case study by the China-US Energy & Environment 10-Year Cooperation Framework.
3.) Information management for energy efficiency. Visually presenting energy consumption by region and enterprise using data from 1000+ energy audits has created an “energy digital mapping” system using Google maps. This map is the first of its kind in China and integrates information technology with industrial energy conservation.
4.) Electric power management and demand side management service platforms are also being integrated in Suzhou. Suzhou was one of the first DSM pilot cities identified by China’s NDRC in November 2012. This program requires a load reduction of 1 GW between January 2013 and December 2015. To achieve this goal, Suzhou has constructed a DSM service platform with load control and power efficiency to help enterprises enhance electric power management.
The China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance is pleased to announce that Lynn Price, Senior Scientist and Group Leader of the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), has joined the Alliance Leadership Council. The Leadership Council provides strategic advice and insights to the Alliance on a variety of policy, network development, and programming issues.
Lynn Price has worked at Lawrence Berkeley since 1990, and has also been a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1994. She has provided technical and policy assistance to many projects for groups as diverse as the US EPA, the US DOE, the State Department, UNDP, USAID, The Energy Foundation, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission.
The China Energy Group at LBNL works to understand ways in which demand for energy in China can be met, including via energy efficiency. You may see a variety of publications that Lynn Price has researched and coauthored at the China Energy Group’s publications page.
Alliance President Barbara Finamore was just featured in the Huffington Post on “8 Ways that China and California Can Work Together to Reduce Pollution and Protect the Environment”.
The piece details insights from California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent trip to China. Finamore notes that climate change and environmental protection were a key focus on this trip, and that the importance of collaboration between China and California was emphasized.
Finamore’s article underlines the fact that although there is renewed attention to environmental technology in China, as well as cooperation with California, there is an existing history of collaboration in this area.
In fact, the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance’s work is part of this history of cooperation – given the Alliance’s involvement in bringing the energy-efficiency expertise of California utilities and regulators to China.
Check out the complete article here to read an in-depth discussion of the 8 ways that China and California can work together in the future to ensure a cleaner environment and more sustainable future for all.