Current PePS Initiatives
PePS' initial scope of work in China, begun in early 2002 and funded by the Energy Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, is to develop a pilot project for government purchasing of energy-efficient products, utilizing China's nascent energy-efficient labeling scheme. The effort is being implemented by the China Certification Center for Energy Conservation Products (CECP) under the direction of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
As of December 2004, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission had issued a policy document on Implementation of Government Energy Efficiency Procurement, calling for a staged, 3-year program to establish energy-efficient purchasing practices at all levels of government in China [Treasury 2004 Number 185.pdf - 68 KB].
Government organizations are directed to purchase efficient products that qualify for CECP certification. Initially, the following product categories are covered:
Lists of qualified products are posted on the Web. Other product categories may be added in the future.
LBNL helped CECP develop a survey formderived from a similar survey by CONAE in Mexicoto look at procurement practices, equipment inventory, equipment purchases, and equipment energy use in Chinese government buildings in four provinces (including hospitals and universities, which are run by the national government in China). CECP conducted the survey and has prepared a report on the findings; the report's executive summary is now available. [CECP Executive Summary.pdf - 112 KB]
A draft report on the survey was submitted to NDRC for review; they passed it on to the State Council. Then-Vice Premier Wen Jiabao was very impressed by the findings and prepared an official note indicating that government energy management should become part of the government's work agenda, and because government energy management involved retrofits of buildings, energy efficiency procurement, and improving energy management, it should be studied in an integrated fashion by relevant government departments in order to develop energy management system for implementation. (Wen Jiabao was appointed Premier of China during the National People's Congress in April, 2003, replacing Zhu Rongji.)
Based on this high-level interest, NDRC and CECP held a workshop on 22-23 September 2003 in Beijing that was originally planned to focus exclusively on purchasing and the development of the Chinese pilot procurement project. The expanded workshop included a broad range of public-sector energy efficiency programs and policies. International experts from the US, Canada, EU, Australia, Japan, and Korea presented their experiences as input to designing the proposed Chinese programs. The workshop also served to provide policy suggestions for the Chinese government on the development of government procurement policy for energy-efficient products and, more generally, the reduction of the government's energy consumption. The English-language versions of the presentations at the workshop are available here [International Workshop on Government Energy Management Programme]; Chinese versions will be posted on CECP's web site.
In the next phase of the program, PePS and CECP will continue to work together to further develop the regulatory and technical content of the energy efficient procurement program, including technical information and training for government purchasers, and feedback on program implementation and results.