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Writer: Alvin Lin
Date: October 14, 2011
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1992 • Helped China develop the world’s first Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action for sustainable development, following the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
1996 • In collaboration with the Chongqing Municipal Economic Commission, launched China’s first demonstration project to green its fertilizer industry.
1999 • Began working with the Ministry of Construction to help develop national energy efficiency standards for residential buildings in two of China’s three major climate zones.

• Launched a joint Demand Side Management (DSM) program with Jiangsu Province with the support of the Energy Foundation. This pathbreaking program is now saving is now saving 3.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power 3.3 million Chinese households, and has become a model of U.S.-China cooperation on energy efficiency.

• Worked with Shanghai Tongji University on a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) demonstration project to promote FCV research, development and commercialization in China.


• Worked with the Ministry of Construction to revise China’s national building lighting design standard, which greatly reduced energy use and improved indoor lighting quality.

• Collaborated with the China Chemicals Registration Center (CRC), a unit of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, to establish China’s first comprehensive inventory of all significant industrial uses of mercury.

2004 • Introduced Smart Growth to China with an NRDC report entitled Chinese Cities at a Crossroads: the Need for Smart Growth.
2005 • Successfully coordinated a partnership between U.S. and Chinese governments to construct Agenda 21-- China’s first green building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. With NRDC’s on-site technical support, the 130,000 square-foot building, which houses part of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has achieved energy and water savings of 73% and 60%, respectively, compared with conventional structures.

• Established a China Environmental Law Project to partner with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and other partners in China to strengthen environmental governance, improve law and policy implementation, and enhance the public’s role in environmental protection.

• Supported the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology in creating a roadmap for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) research, development, and demonstration projects in China.

• Provided training on sustainable urban development and Smart Growth to the faculty of the China Central Communist Party School.


• Collaborated with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to hold the first International Demand Side Management (DSM) Forum in Beijing. China’s NDRC recognized Jiangsu as a model of DSM work and officially supported national adoption of DSM initiatives.

• Released Smart Cities: Solutions for China’s Rapid Urbanization, a report highlighting the environmental challenges facing a rapidly urbanizing China and recommending smart growth solutions.

• Partnered with the Yunnan Provincial Government and Zhongnan University of Economics and Law to implement a two-year field study and provide policy recommendations on minimizing health risks from heavy metal pollution.


• Worked with Olympic officials and others to make the Beijing Olympic Village a world leader in energy efficiency. The Olympic Village was rewarded with LEED for Neighborhood Development’s Gold certification.

• Established a Demand Side Management (DSM) Technical Center in Beijing to expand DSM success in Jiangsu province to a nationwide scale.

• Developed an innovative environmental negotiations course for the All-China Lawyers Association in partnership with Harvard Law School’s negotiations clinic that has been utilized in numerous trainings for lawyers around China.

• Launched the Responsible Sourcing Initiative, a project aimed at greening China’s textile industry by working with multinational corporations and their factories in China to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes.

• Worked with Shanghai to develop a building energy performance rating standard which was used by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to develop national building energy labeling system.

• Worked in two pilot cities (Zunyi and Tongling) to incorporate Smart Growth elements in urban planning.


• Produced the first national DSM Manual in China in cooperation with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

• Developed the first annual Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), which evaluated government disclosure of pollution information in 113 Chinese cities and ranked their level of disclosure on a 100-point scale. The PITI was named one of the top 10 environmental events in China in 2009 by the China Economic Times.


• Released the report, NRDC’s Ten Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution, based on three years of audits and research in dozens of textile mills in China. The study highlighted ways to increase energy, water and chemical efficiency in the textile industry.

• Released a major white paper, co-authored by prominent U.S. and Chinese experts, identifying “Near-Term Opportunities for Carbon Capture and Sequestration in China”.

• Supported by NRDC, Beijing Energy Conservation & Environment Protection Center (BEEC) received the internationally recognized LEED Gold certification as the first LEED existing energy retrofit building in China.

• Following a decade of NRDC advocacy, China’s central government enacted national energy efficiency regulations that require China’s power grid companies to use a portion of their electricity revenues to develop large-scale energy efficiency DSM programs.

NOW and now, NRDC, as a trusted advisor to its many Chinese partners, is working more confidently and passionately than ever before to provide innovative environmental solutions and develop China’s green economy.
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