Use of Data Platforms to Identify and Verify Energy Savings in China
In response to Chinese government initiatives promoting demand-side management and energy efficiency, grid companies, government agencies, and private sector companies have established data platforms to identify and verify energy savings. The energy use data collected by these data platforms will eventually form a valuable national resource that will provide a unique insight into how energy is used in China. This information will enable the development of government policies to significantly reduce both the energy intensity and the pollution emissions intensity of the Chinese economy. This paper makes recommendations to ensure that the various energy use data platforms are set up in ways that maximize their effectiveness.