2011 EEI Survey, CHINA: Energy Efficiency Continues to Gain Importance
While energy efficiency in China is strong and steadily growing in importance, considerable challenges remain. The 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey shows that interest in China in energy efficiency is clearly rising - along with increasing energy prices, concern for energy security, and the emergence of new government policies. At the same time, the survey again illuminates the financial and organizational barriers that prevent Chinese decision-makers from doing more to improve their facilities’ efficiency.
In particular, the survey found:
1. CHINA continues to focus on energy efficiency. Energy management is growing in importance in decision-makers’ eyes, and building efficiency remains the top strategy for reducing an organizations’ carbon footprint.
2. Motivations for energy efficiency and barriers to its adoption are shifting. Government policy rose significantly in importance as a driver of efficiency in 2011, and respondents expected the 12th Five Year Plan to influence an increase in efficiency investment. Meanwhile, funding for energy efficiency projects has become a much larger challenge.
3. The commercial and industrial sectors lead in implementation of efficiency measures. Best practices of setting reduction goals, analyzing energy data frequently and adding resources for energy projects are tied with more efficiency improvements. Commercial and industrial organizations lead in implementation of more efficiency measures.
The 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator is the second annual survey conducted in China. The survey was led by Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency in partnership with the International Facility Management Association and the Urban Land Institute. Total respondents included 450 from all major regions. The Executive Summary can be downloaded from the Resources & Tools section above.