The China Sustainable Energy Program


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In 1999, the US Energy Foundation launched the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) with funding from the Packard Foundation to support China’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Energy Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office is a non-profit organization officially registered under China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs with sponsorship from the National Development and Reform Commission. With an emphasis on both national policy and regional implementation, CSEP assists Chinese agencies, experts, and entrepreneurs in solving energy challenges.

At the request of Chinese leaders, the program supports capacity-building and technology policy transfer by linking Chinese experts with “best practices” expertise from around the world. As China emerges as a frontrunner in the fight against global warming, CSEP in turn shares best practices from China with the rest of the world.

CSEP awards grants and takes direct initiatives in eight areas:

· Low-Carbon Development Paths
· Transportation
· Renewable Energy
· Electric Utilities
· Buildings
· Industry
· Environmental Management
· Sustainable Cities

Since inception, CSEP’s budget has grown from $5 million to $29 million per year. It focuses on China’s most energy-consuming sectors, including buildings, industry (iron and steel, cement, petrochemicals), electric utilities, and transportation. It prioritizes allocating grants to those projects with the greatest carbon dioxide reduction benefits. In addition to the primary role as grantmaker, CSEP convenes workshops, commissions papers, and takes other direct initiatives when it is determined there is an unmet need in the field.

The China Sustainable Energy Program
The Energy Foundation-Beijing Office
CITIC Building, Room 2403
No. 19, Jianguomenwai Dajie
Beijing, 100004 P.R. China
Tel: 86-10-8526-2422
Fax: 86-10-6525-3764


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