On October 12th, the China Energy Group (CEG) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), along with International Energy Administration (IEA), Energy Research Institute (ERI) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Energy Management Company Association (EMCA), Energy Foundation China (EFC), and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), co-hosted a reception at the Denver Downtown Sheraton Hotel to release the Energy Efficiency 2017 report by IEA and the The Reinventing Fire: China report by LBNL, ERI, RMI and EFC. The Energy Efficiency 2017 report is an annual report of IEA tracking global energy efficiency progress, which was recently released on October 5, 2017. The Reinventing Fire: China report is a collaborative research project between LBNL, ERI, RMI and EFC, which began in 2013. The Reinventing Fire: China report provides a roadmap for energy transformation in China where economic development developed is decoupled from energy consumption by 2050.
The release of these two reports on the eve of the 8th U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF) highlights the growing attention globally to energy efficiency and its critical importance in tackling global climate change in the new smart era, which is also the theme of the EEF. About 40 delegates from the United States (US) and 20 delegates from China participated in the report launch event. This included Robert Sandoli, Director of the International Office of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Brian Motherway at IEA, Dr. Jon Creyts at RMI, Dr. He Ping at EFC, and Ms. Zhao Ming at EMCA. Dr. Nan Zhou, Dr. Jiang Lin, Dr. Bo Shen, Dr. Wei Feng, Angela Liu and Aimee Zhu from LBNL’s CEG also participated in the event.