U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group Energy Performance Contracting Symposium held in Beijing

Monday, February 16, 2015

On January 29, 2015, the energy service company (ESCO) Committee of the China Energy Conservation Association (EMCA) hosted the U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Symposium at China People’s Palace in Beijing. The U.S.-China EPC Symposium was held as part of the U.S.-China ESCO project under the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) framework. The U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory co-hosted the Symposium. About 60 participants from government agencies, ESCOs and research organizations of both China and the U.S. along with the International Financing Corporation participated the Symposium, which was moderated by EMCA’s Deputy Director, Zhao Ming. Bo Shen participated and made a presentation in the Symposium on behalf of LBNL’s China Energy Group.

This CCWG ESCO project consists of four main components: a White Paper, a Policy Recommendation Report, a EPC Toolkit, and cooperation pilot projects that will use innovative financing and EPC models. Experts from the U.S. made presentations related to each project component.  

Based on the White Paper, Chinese companies asked detailed questions on the U.S. energy saving service market and expressed interest in the further development of the market in China. Significant Chinese information has been added to the White Paper and Toolkit. For the pilot projects, experts from both China and the U.S. exchanged ideas on project selection, standards determination, and cooperation mechanisms. ESCOs from both countries, financial organizations, and evaluation agencies will likely participate in the pilot demonstration project. In addition, selected pilot projects may sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington DC later this year. Once finished, these projects will be highly recognized by the Chinese and U.S. governments.