Stakeholders Discuss Future of Energy Efficient Bricks ProjectJan 27, 2015
Stakeholders met in an annual meeting on the Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Bricks and Rural Buildings (MTEEBRB) project to evaluate the project’s performance in 2014 and discuss next year’s work plan.
Currently, the real estate sector is one of the biggest drivers of China’s energy demand. Sixty percent of China’s buildings are in rural areas, made from clay bricks which have poor insulation and require more energy to produce.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China with the Ministry of Agriculture and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) launched the project in 2010. The total investment reached 244 million RMB with nearly 30 rural villages from 13 provinces including Jilin, Gansu, Hebei, Shanxi and Zhejiang, serving as demonstration sites to promote energy efficient bricks. With the project end in 2016, 2.65 million tons of carbon dioxide is estimated as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions from the project.
During the meeting, Mr. Carsten Germer, Team Leader of Energy and Environment team at UNDP China stressed on the project’s success last year with delivery reaching the highest since the project started. “Four more provinces and five more dissemination projects were implemented based on the annual work plan. The construction work of some demonstration sites benefit the local people by enhancing energy efficiency and reducing overall energy demand. In addition, last year 26 trainings were held under the project, with more than 2,400 people participating, in turn raising villagers’ awareness on energy saving techniques.”
Given the success of the project, further evaluations and improvements will be made on rural energy efficiency building policies, both at provincial and national levels, to develop a sustainable marketing mechanism for energy efficient bricks.
Mr. Wang Jiuchen, Deputy Director of Ecology and Resource Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture calculated the importance of future south-south cooperation on market transformation of energy efficient bricks. “We should share our experiences with other countries. To that end, in 2015 we will organize international seminars on energy efficient bricks and sustainable development in rural villages.”