energy conservation

China Resorts to Blackouts in Pursuit of Energy Efficiency

Despite Thomas Friedman’s general optimism about Beijing’s ability and willingness to reverse decades of environmental degradation, this article in the Guardian shows that, on the ground, there is still a long way to...

Taiwan Invited To Light Up Chinese Cities

From AP: Chinese officials have invited Taiwanese companies to supply selected mainland cities with ultra-bright, energy-saving LED lights, the latest in a series of big business deals between the rivals. At a two-day conference...

Energy Retrofitting: The Story of Sohota

The Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new documentary about an energy retrofitting firm. Watch it below: China’s economic boom has fueled a flurry of real estate construction, but the growth has also...

Can China Go Green?

Robert Collier, a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley who is writing a book and China and global warming, has written a guest post on the Climate Progress blog answering the question, “Can China go green?”: After...

China Warms to Energy-Saving Challenge

A quick but compelling look inside China’s nascent green building movement, from Caijing’s English edition: This past winter was particularly cozy for residents at No. 12 West Huixin Street in Beijing. “In the past,...

Burning Bright in Beijing

China Dialogue looks at two companies in Beijing that are promoting energy conservation: Xiongcai aims to solve some very real problems: how can China make use of its current stock of 4.8 million coal-burning boilers? How can...

The Right Chemistry – Liu Jie

A positive story of foreign companies helping Chinese firms and localities achieve higher energy efficiency and greener development. China needs to see a lot of these take hold in the country. From China Daily: Due to its efforts in governmental programs and incentives for local partners, BASF was named one of the top global companies […]

China Reports Progress On Cutting Pollution, But Not Enough – AFP

From AFP: China said Thursday it was making progress in its efforts to improve the nation’s energy efficiency and cut pollution emissions, but acknowledged that not enough was being done. “The results of our energy consumption and emission reduction (efforts) are starting to show,” Xie Zhenhua, deputy head of the National Development Reform Commission, told […]

Building a Frugal Society – Pan Jiahua

From China Dialogue: Adopting sustainable architecture will bring China great environmental gains with little effort, writes Pan Jiahua. If the country really wants to build a “frugal society”, this is how. Sustainable architecture also provides potential savings in energy consumed by heating and air conditioning. Only 10% to 15% of buildings constructed in China in […]

Why Building Energy Efficiency Matters – Jun Li

From China Dialogue: The buildings sector is responsible for around one-third of global energy use and associated carbon dioxide emissions. In 2004, China was responsible for 15% of world energy consumption and associated emissions. Residential and commercial buildings account for one-quarter of China’s total energy consumption and around 27% of the country’s electricity consumption. Overall, […]

China’s Banks Told To Invest More On Green Projects – Reuters

From Reuters: China’s cash-rich state-run commercial banks should invest more in energy-saving and renewable projects, an academic and a government official said on Sunday. Big state banks should divert 2 to 3 percent of their annual loans to green production, as funding on these projects falls well below the amount required, said Yang Fuqiang of […]

Green Traffic Week to Cut Emissions – Liu Weifeng

From China Daily: The government has urged people in 108 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, to walk, ride bicycles and use public transport instead of driving cars for a week till September 22. Initiated by the Ministry of Construction (MOC), the first national urban public transport campaign, “Green Transport and Health”, will see one […]

U.S. Will Help Chinese Industry Boost Energy Efficiency – Environment News Service

From Environment News Service: Energy officials from the United States and China Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, to increase cooperation and energy efficiency in China’s industrial sector, which accounts for 70 percent of the country’s total energy demand. Karen Harbert, U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs and […]

China Launches Energy Conservation Guide for Citizens – Ling Li

From China Watch: China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has launched a new energy conservation guide for citizens in an effort to promote the twin goals of saving energy and reducing emissions. The guide, printed on recycled paper, discusses 36 categories of household living where people can reduce their energy use, from housing and […]

Cooler Living For China’s Youth? – China Youth Daily

China Dialogue translates the results of a survey on environmental awareness among urban youth recently conducted by China Youth Daily. From the intro: China’s rapid economic development has materially enriched the lives of ordinary Chinese people, and at the same time increased our demands as consumers. But for how long will limited resources be able […]

China Pays To Save Energy – Asia Times Online

From Asia Times Online: China’s government plans to pour billions of dollars into special projects to help meet the country’s energy-saving targets. Local officials are also about to come under increased pressure to toe the government line to meet the targets, otherwise their political futures could be in jeopardy. A top official from the National […]

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