Opening Address at Project Advisory Committee Meeting of GEF/UNDP Project of PEERAC

28 Mar 2013

Speech by Mr. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director, UNDP China

Madame Li Pei, Deputy Director General of FECO, Ministry of Environmental Protection;
Madame Ye Jiandi, GEF Operational Focal Point (OFP) for China;
Members of Project Advisory Committee,

Good morning!

It is my great honor to represent the United Nations Development Programme at the second Project Advisory Committee Meeting for Promoting Energy Efficiency Room Air Conditioners Project, which aims at reducing China’s future GHG emissions through transformation of the air conditioner market to production and sale of more energy-efficient room air conditioners. We would like to take this opportunity to thank MOF, MEP, FECO, PMO and all the other committee members and experts for your support during the implementation of this project. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Liu Yuan, the former PMO director, for her great contribution to the project and warmly welcome the new PMO director Mr. Zhu Liucai on board.

This project was launched in end 2010 and 2012 was actually the second year of implementation. Compared with 2011, I must say that the work done by PMO in 2012 is really impressive. One good example is that in 2011, the delivery rate was only 25%, while in 2012 the rate was 100%. Among all the projects implemented in 2012 in UNDP China, this project is the only one that has 100% delivery. Congratulations! This tremendous progress could not have been done without the great efforts of all the PMO staff and strong support from FECO, particularly Madame Li Pei, and experts from relevant organizations!
I am particularly impressed by the work done for Green Pioneer of Room Air Conditioners! 10 Air Compressor Conditioner and 16 Room Air Conditioner manufacturers with over 95% market share participated the project! The 26 enterprises are the backbone of this process, with whom we have been actively cooperating with to carry out research, develop energy-saving products and technologies, and engage in marketing. Together, they have responded most admirably to the call for the Promotion of Advanced Energy-Saving Technologies and Products and the Promotion of a Green Consumption Mode, set forth in the 12th Five-Year Plan.
As the second largest consumer of energy in the world, China’s ongoing economic development is expected to see national energy consumption increase substantially into the future. Energy efficiency stands therefore as a fundamental pre-requisite for achieving China’s vision of Xiaokang Society. It will be a key underlying factor in meeting most of the UN Millennium Development Goals. In addition, the UN Secretary General has called 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Economical growth and the access to energy for all willdrastically increase the demand for energy. Instead of only building more energy plants we as humanity will need to act to use less. Last Saturday it was “Earth Hour” the United Nations building around the world participated among others, like the city of Shanghai in China, to put out our lights for one hour. Putting out the lights was for a symbolic and advocacy reason, while using energy efficient appliance worldwide could have a major impact on the world energy needs. This research is a starting point for all of our efforts and forms an important link in pursuit of a sustainable green economy. I hope in 2013, more opportunities could be found to link the project activities with Sustainable Energy for All of the Secretary General!

Dear colleagues, we would also like to use this opportunity to emphasize two things on project management: first, to facilitate a much smoother project implementation in future, when there are changes among key project staff, the UNDP should be informed in a timely manner. Second, according to the project document, mid- term review will be done this year. We understand PMO has started the preparation and we also hope that the PSC members could find some time to support this review, as usual!

Last but not least, we look forward to an even more fruitful cooperation for 2013!

Thank you very much!