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Guangdong Partnership for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

The public sector building market is huge and energy intensive. Several barriers have stymied the pursuit of energy efficiency in this sector, including lack of monetary incentives, insufficient policy mandates, weak capacity, and scarce access to capital. These barriers have been addressed in recent policies that provide incentives for public building owners to use contractors and financing to undertake energy efficiency projects, but no guidelines were provided as to how to implement these projects.

This project helped improve energy efficiency in public buildings using the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market mechanism in Guangdong Province. And taking Guangdong Province as a testing ground, we successfully created pilot projects that will be replicated in the public building sector across China.

  • The Huizhou College Energy Efficiency Retrofit Pilot Project was highly successful and served as a model for engaging ESCOs and using EPCs to implement an energy efficiency projects. The Pilot was selected by the NDRC as one of the National 100 Demonstrative Energy Efficiency Projects; There are currently 10 more energy efficiency retrofit projects underway.
  • ISC developed a step-by-step Public Building Energy Efficiency Guidebook, using case studies from the pilot projects and other insights gained from the trainings to present solutions to common challenged encountered during the EPC process. This Guidebook will be integrated into the training material of key government agencies that have oversight over public building energy efficiency and potentially used to guide future policy decisions.
  • The trainings, study tours and pilot projects created a network of ESCOs and public building owners/managers, and they now have ability to forge connections and create partnerships for future energy efficiency work.
guangdong partnership for energy efficiency in public buildings


Steven Zeng, staff
Lei (Steven) Zeng
China Country Director
Brent Habig, staff
Brent Habig
VP, International Programs

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