Energy Foundation China Holds 2nd Forum on Technologies & Policies for Transportation
Energy Foundation China, together with China Automotive Technology and Research Center hosted the "Second Forum on Technologies & Policies for Transportation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction" in Beijing on November 14th 2013. The theme of the conference was "Outlook on Integrated Control Measures of Vehicle Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction." More than one hundred participants took part in the conference. They included government officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), Ministry of Transportation, National Standards Committee, experts and researchers from research institutes, local and international NGOs such as the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and International Council of Clean Transportation, and delegates from the automobile and fuel industries.
Eric Heitz, president of the Energy Foundation, Wang Fuchang, counsel of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and Lu Shize, division director of Ministry of Environmental Protection delivered the opening speeches. Mr. Heitz introduced the Energy Foundation's history of support for progressive transportation policy and new challenges, and expressed his eagerness to continue strengthening cooperation with local partners. Mr. Wang Fuchang discussed trends in the Chinese automobile industry, the development of standards and policies to improve vehicle fuel efficiency, and stated that MIIT will further improve fuel efficiency and labeling looking toward 2020 and beyond. With the State Council's recently released Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan as a backdrop, Mr. Lu Shize elaborated on the current government's goals in the environmental management of transportation.
Experts shared their research findings and policy recommendations on the transportation energy structure, integrated control of vehicle energy saving and emission reduction, economic analysis of the integrated control, China's current management practices over emissions of in-use vehicles and fuels, reform of the automobile tax system, and green freight challenges. The Rocky Mountain Institute, China Automotive Technology and Research Center, International Council on Clean Transportation, Vehicle Emission Control Center of MEP, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Development Research Center of the State Council, and the World Bank all gave presentations. Qian Minghua, Division Director of MIIT, Wang Tao, Deputy Division Director of MEP, Liu Yonglu, Division Director of MOF, and Li Gang, Division Director of NDRC, served as moderators. To bring the event to a close, former counsel of the National Energy Administration Mr. Bai Rongchun gave his comments on the presentations and discussions.