Industrial Energy Efficiency & GHG Accounting
China has prioritized a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy at the national level since 2008, and even more significant economy-wide carbon intensity and clean energy targets in its Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) than anticipated when the PCA program was designed. For China’s GHG intensive industrial sector to achieve breakthrough gains in GHG reduction and meet the new targets, managers and policymakers alike needed:
- Technical and institutional capacity to apply energy and GHG accounting best practices, information, and tools, as well as knowledge of incentives and financing that support meaningful, large-scale, and sustained implementation;
- A sufficient pool of qualified environmental, energy, and emissions experts; and
- Rigorous and consistent GHG accounting tools and standards.
Under this component, we improved the capacity of the industrial emitters to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions, and created GHG measurement and accounting tools and standards appropriate for the sector and consistent with international best practices.
As a sustainability strategy, we also developed lasting capacity between two Chinese-operated institutions, the EHS+ Center at Nanjing University and the EHS+ Center at Sun Yat-sen University, to be resources for collection and dissemination of tools, standards, and best practices in energy efficiency and GHG measurement.