Operating under the theme, “Energy Conservation is GHG Emissions Reduction” (jie neng shi jian pai), the WRI-WBCSD-CBCSD China Energy Conservation and GHG Management Program saw significant progress since its launch in June.
In September, the program partners held a cement sector working group meeting in Beijing to review feedback from Beijing Cement Company’s implementation of the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) tool. The tool was trialed in the company to develop its CO2 emissions inventory.
The day following the working group meeting, the delegation visited Yanshan Petrochemical Corporation, which will be one of three Sinopec oil refineries to complete GHG emissions inventories using the SANGEA and API tools for the purposes of road-testing and customizing the tools.
“The sector working group meetings provided a great platform by which Chinese companies could learn about international tools and best practices for greenhouse gas accounting and management. In turn, the sessions gave the WRI and WBCSD teams valuable feedback and insight on what considerations need to be factored into account in order to customize our tools and methodologies to meet Chinese conditions,” Angel Hsu, a Research Analyst at WRI, said.
After tools and protocols are customized for the cement and oil and gas sectors in China, the program will similarly turn to the petrochemical, chemical, iron and steel, and energy sectors. Once the tools and protocols for greenhouse gas calculation and reporting are tailored and road-tested in Chinese companies, local program partners will recommend the methodologies as national standards to the Chinese government. This high-level eventual end goal will be a significant representation of international and Chinese collaboration to bring international learning and best practice to benefit Chinese companies and the global climate.