Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency has released a new publication, High Impact Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in China, which is part of the China Energy Efficiency report series that emerged from the High Impact Opportunities (HIO) studies supported by the UNEP DTU Partnership in China.
It presents an analysis of energy efficiency opportunities and actions in a number of key sectors in China aimed at inspiring other countries. The assessment highlights some of the conditions for success that will be essential for replication in other parts of the world.
The report presents six HIOs for improvements to energy efficiency in the transport, building, industry and power sectors, which are expected to have huge impacts on improving energy efficiency in China by 2050.
Specifically, the HIOs concern waste heat recovery in the industrial sector, passive house and air source heat pumps for the building sector, high fuel economy for trucks for cargo transport and electric vehicles for passenger transport, and energy conservation transformations of coal-fired power plants.
The HIOs have been selected through stakeholder consultation and are based on four criteria: high technical maturity and great energy-efficiency potential; low current technical penetration rate, but great potential for promotion in the future; high returns for investment; and comprehensive and far-reaching impact.
The report also presents detailed project concept notes on how to speed up implementation of two of the HIOs for the building sector through pilot projects on a commercial scale.
The study for this report was carried out by the Energy Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission and the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua Institute in China.
The other two reports published on China, which are part of the China Energy Efficiency report series, are: Good Practice and Success Stories on Energy Efficiency in China, and Enhancing Energy Efficiency in China – Assessment of Sectoral Potentials.