The China Circular Economy Promotion Law and the Energy Conservation Regulation for State-owned Institutions, both published in 2008, require the establishment of energy consumption quotas at all levels of government in China.
Up until the start of this project, most implementation activities had been concentrated at the central government level, and there was a need for developing energy consumption quotas and relevant policy frameworks specifically for the local level. This project aimed to develop energy consumption quotas for the Chinese Chongqing municipal government agencies. provide methodologies and training for reaching these quotas, and inspire other cities to undertake similar actions.
This project was a success. It helped the Chongqing government agencies establish their energy baselines, it designed performance indicators and defined year-on-year energy and water consumption quotas to monitor efficiency targets. A set of training materials was produced to guide the government agencies in the calculation of the indicators and the setting of the quotas. It can be said with confidence that the project contributed significantly to the energy savings efforts of the Chongqing Municipal Government in the years following its completion. The success of the project in Chongqing attracted the attention of the governments of two more provinces, Shandong and Hebei, and the implementing partner made presentations to both governments. It is not currently known whether they took any further action.
The project benefited from strong support from the Municipal Government, with experts from the Chongqing Development and Reform Committee (DRC), the Energy Conservation Centre (ECC) and the Administration of Government Buildings attending the expert review meeting and the training workshop. The Jiangbei Administration of Government Buildings, among other organisations, adopted the quota setting method immediately after the training. The ECC took it upon itself to distribute the outputs of the project to all Chongqing government agencies, thereby officially endorsing the produced documents.