The China Industry Program supports the development and implementation of policies and standards that increase the energy efficiency of equipment and products in the industrial sector. Our grants target high-leverage national and provincial policy opportunities to ensure that innovative industrial energy efficiency policies and practices are integrated into the planning and investment framework.
China’s industrial sectors account for 70 percent of the country’s total energy use. In the past several decades, China has over-relied on growing heavy industry to reach its national economic-development goals. This energy is both generated and used inefficiently: The average energy consumption per unit of product in China’s major industrial sectors is 15-20 percent higher than the world average.
In recent years, China has made remarkable progress toward improving industrial energy efficiency. The country’s Top-1,000 Enterprises Energy Efficiency Program—an ambitious five-year initiative that targets the country’s most energy-intensive industrial enterprises—exceeded by 50 percent its goal of achieving 100 Mtce in total energy savings by 2010. This program is now expanding, and is recognized as the world’s largest and most ambitious energy efficiency program.
Throughout the next decade, urbanization, industrialization, and rapid economic growth will continue to drive energy demand in the industrial sector. The China Industry Program is committed to supporting the development and implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and phase-out backward and inefficient production capacity in energy-intensive industries.
The program is particularly interested in efforts to:
- Improve the energy efficiency of energy-intensive industrial sectors by providing technical support and capacity-building on energy planning, auditing, benchmarking, and Energy Efficiency Agreements;
- Strengthen the energy efficiency of industrial equipment and products by developing and implementing standards and labeling programs for industrial equipment, as well as maximum allowable energy-use standards for industrial products; and
- Support the development and implementation of policies, tools, and best practices to improve the energy efficiency of industrial sectors, and phase out inefficient and highly polluting production capacity.