Industrial Energy Efficiency – Going from Strength to Strength
In the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011–2015), China launched the world’s largest energy saving undertaking: the Top-10,000 enterprises Energy Efficiency program (Top-10,000 Program).
The program’s massive size makes it difficult to manage. It comprises a great number of enterprises from different industries and with different ownership structures, distributed across a large geographical area. There are variations in levels of technological sophistication and in the quality of equipment and personnel. This situation is far different from the program’s predecessor, the Top-1,000 Program, which focused on large national–level enterprises that generally had advanced equipment and technology.
CIP recognized early on that the best way to help the Top-10,000 Program succeed would be to establish dialogue and exchange mechanisms between government departments, enterprises, universities, and scientific research institutes.
In 2010, with support from CIP and under the guidance of four universities—Beijing University of Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dalian University of Technology and Chongqing University—16 colleges and universities from 7 major areas of China established the University Alliance for Industrial Energy Efficiency (UAIEE).
UAIEE taps the resources and technological capacity of Chinese colleges and universities to improve policy consultation with the government, and to supply enterprises with energy-saving technology support and personnel training. UAIEE now includes 81 universities, and has committees for the key industrial sectors of electric power, steelmaking, and non-ferrous metals.
In the past five years, UAIEE has established five personnel training centers in China’s representative industrial regions, focusing on energy auditing, energy efficiency evaluation, and enterprise energy management.
CIP also initiated the Center Alliance for Industrial Energy Efficiency (CAIEE) to provide assistance to enterprises in implementing energy saving projects. CAIEE has grown into an exchange platform consisting of energy saving centers in 16 locations. It provides local cooperation and exchange platforms for energy saving services. CAIEE has helped promote innovation in China’s energy saving supervision and technological services system nationally and locally, supported partnerships across different regions, and helped disseminate best practices.
These cooperation mechanisms have led to the success of projects such as Shandong’s Energy Management System Program and energy manager training practices, soon to be scaled-up nationwide. The Energy Management System is now a key part of the Top-10,000 Program, and an Energy Manager Training pilot project has been expanded to include five provinces. In the petroleum and chemical industry, the Top-runner Pilot Program is now driving improved energy efficiency performance by providing energy efficiency benchmarks. Suzhou Province’s Energy Efficiency Star program was expanded by China’s National Energy Conservation Center to include four other provinces and municipalities: Beijing, Hubei, Shanxi, and Jiangsu.
With the UAIEE and CAIEE cooperation mechanisms in place, best practices and program innovations now have a better platform to reach the destinations where they’re most urgently needed.