1st Sino-German Energy Conservation Technology Exchange and Cooperation Forum


The 1st Sino-German Energy Conservation Technology Exchange and Cooperation Forum was successfully held at the 8th China Energy Conservation Service Industry Summit from 31 July to 1 August, 2014 in Hangzhou. 6 German energy-efficiency products and technology providers were presented at the Summit with an ever-high participation of 400 professionals from over 300 well-performing Chinese Energy Service Companies (ESCOs).

The China Energy Conservation Service Industry Summit Organized annually by EMCA, a specialized committee for guiding and promoting the healthy development of Energy Service Companies (ESCO) in China, has been held for 7 years with the aim to bridge the technology & product providers and ESCOs through match-making events, exhibitions, policy and experience sharing.

“Up to date, the Summit has presented over 80 innovative energy-saving technologies and attracted around 1,500 companies and 3,000 professionals to participate, which ultimately has led to over 400 successful cooperation cases,” proudly shared by Mr. Li Qingju, Deputy Secretary-General of EMCA. Matthias Heger Project Director of the Sino-German Energy Dialogue of GIZ followed, stating: "Our goal is to create a market place for energy services with this workshop and it is a great chance for German energy efficiency solution providers to cooperate with Chinese ESCOs.

In total 6 German companies were represented at the ESCO-workshop, all of them leading energy efficient solution providers. Representatives from over 300 Chinese ESCOs came to Hangzhou from all over the country especially for the Summit. As of the end of 2013, the number of energy services companies in China has reached over 4,000 with 500,000 employees and over 70 billion rmb output value.

ESCOs install energy efficient infrastructure for a host company and arrange the financing themselves. ESCOs usually operate via Energy Performance Contracting. In the most common form of contract - the Shared Savings Contract -the host company returns a share of the cost savings from the project to the ESCO. After the contract has ended, the assets are transferred to the host company, usually free of charge. ESCOs carry out most of their projects in the industrial sector (70 %), yet they also provide technology for energy efficient building and transportation. The Chinese government has recently supported the creation of ESCOs in order to achieve the energy saving goals set in the 12th Five Year Plan (2010-2015). Due to the relatively young Chinese ESCO-market, some ESCOs still lack know-how about the latest technologies and services in the field of energy saving.

The attending German companies therefore presented the technologies they offer, reaching from applications for industrial sectors to buildings. The speakers included representatives from Durr (compact power system CPS, high-temperature heat pump, air-preheating system ), MWM(gas driven CCHP system), KMA(energy-efficient industrial air purification systems), ista(energy efficient heat meters for buildings), Kaeser (high efficient air compressors) and Steinel (intelligent lighting).

The event is organized by the ESCO Committee of China Energy Conservation Association (EMCA), co-hosted by the Sino-German Energy Dialogue, a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and supported by econet china | German Industry & Commerce Greater China Shanghai.

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