China, People's Republic of: Promoting Energy-Efficient Products by Strengthening the Energy Labeling Scheme

Sovereign Project | 46053-001 Status: Closed


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Project Name Promoting Energy-Efficient Products by Strengthening the Energy Labeling Scheme
Project Number 46053-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8174-PRC: Promoting Energy-Efficient Products by Strengthening the Energy Labeling Scheme
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Recruitment of consulting firm was finalized on 21 February 2013. Consultants commenced services on 25 February 2013. An inception workshop was held on 15 April 2013 which was fully financed by the AQSIQ, the EA and organized by CNIS. The consultants presented the project overview and implementation plan. All experts emphasized the importance of improving CEL. As confirmed during the inception workshop, all inputs, comments and feedback will be incorporated in the inception report. The revised inception report was approved on July 2013.

The TA completion date has been extended to 14 August 2014 in order to accommodate all TA related activities.

The interim workshop was held in 6 November 2013 with participants from AQSIQ, CNIS, product energy efficiency experts, and other stakeholders including media and civil society groups. The interim workshop consisted of two major sessions: the morning session focused on the presentation of the progress of TA 8174-PRC and getting external experts feedback. The afternoon session was on experimental dialogues with civil society groups to discuss the need and/or the usefulness of continuing stakeholders dialogues regarding behavior change communication to promote CEL and energy efficient projects in the PRC. The interim workshop concluded with strong support from external experts and civil society groups. The consulting firm incorporated experts feeback received during the workshop and improved the report.

In addition, after having a successful communication session at the TA interim workshop, the EA and IA requested to add an activity to develop a Communication Action Plan for CNIS. Considering the TA timeframe, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), who has expertise in communications and promotion on energy efficient products and energy labelling, was engaged using single-source selection method. Since the assignment was output-based, a lump sum contract was made. CLASP was working closely with CNIS, ADB, and other stakeholders to draft the communication action plan for CNIS, which would be a part of TA outputs.

The International Workshop on Improvement of Compliance Regime of China Energy Labelling Program was held in 3-4 June 2014. Over 100 participants joined the workshop, including representatives from AQSIQ, CNIS, NDRC, International Energy Agency, Korea Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Assessment Center, Energy Conservation Center Japan, Nemko Canada, CLASP, Lund University Sweden, VDE Germany, and other stakeholders including product energy efficiency experts, media and civil society groups. The workshop was successful sharing experiences from different energy labelling schemes, getting feedback and comments on CEL from international experts, and also providing technical training on the newly developed technical instruction for energy efficiency testing under the TA, and discussing how to promote CEL further using a draft Communication Action Plan report prepared by CLASP.

Prior to the final workshop of the TA, the final Communication Action Plan report was submitted and approved and a draft final TA report was submitted. The final workshop was held on 22 and 23 December 2014 with over 100 participants, including representatives from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, China National Institute of Standardization, NDRC, National Energy Conservation Center, consumer associations, product energy efficiency experts, researchers, and other stakeholders including manufacturers, testing laboratories, retailers, media and civil society groups. TA activities and outputs were presented. Experts and other stakeholders provided valuable comments on various components of the draft final TA report. The final report of the Communication Action Plan for CNIS was presented and received strong support from EA, IA, and other experts. The final TA report was finalized after incorporating comments from the final workshop and submitted and approved at the end of December 2014. All the TA activities were completed and outputs were finalized within 31 December 2014, the TA completion date. No further extension was made.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The proposed policy and advisory TA is based on the project concept note submitted by AQSIQ and CNIS. A series of discussions with CNIS was conducted through emails and personal meetings during the first quarter of 2012. The concept paper is the product of the close consultation between ADB and CNIS.
During Project Implementation

Both inception and interim workshops invited a range of sector experts from different organizations in the PRC in order to get feedback on the progress on consultants' works. In addition, external experts were also invited to review technical testing guideline works and provide feedback and inputs on these development. Their engagement would continue throughout the entire project implementation.

In addition, during the interim workshop, the project invited media and other organizations that have been working on the consumer purchasing promotion for China Energy Labelled products as an additional activity. The feedback we got from these groups was very positive and valuable for the project EA and IA.

At the international workshop on June 2014 and the final workshop on December 2014, a wide range of stakeholders, both international and domestic, and different types of stakeholders including academia, manufacturers, retailers, consumer associations, and media, were invited and provided valuable inputs and comments to improve TA outputs and activities.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The TA will be carried out by a consulting firm (one international consultant for 5 person-months, and four national consultants for 18 person-months) with expertise in energy standards, energy labeling schemes, energy efficiency configurations, and product energy efficiency testing for home appliances. The consulting firm will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection method (with a quality-cost ratio of 80:20) in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The firm will be required to submit a simplified technical proposal covering all aspects of the terms of reference.

The experts required to undertake the activities of the TA include (i) energy standards and labeling expert (international, 5 person-months); (ii) research consultant (national, 4 person-months); (iii) three technical instruction specialists (national, 6 person-months for refrigerator product group, 4-person months each for air conditioner and television product groups). The international energy standards and labeling expert will be the team leader and will (i) coordinate the activities of the other consultants, and (ii) work closely with ADB and CNIS to discuss progress. The team leader will have technical expertise in (i) energy standards and labeling schemes, (ii) policy analysis and design, (iii) promotion and verification of energy-efficient products, and (iv) product testing. The national research consultant will have expertise in research and analysis of energy labeling schemes and their evaluation mechanism. The other three national technical instruction specialists will have broad technical expertise in the relevant product groups, namely refrigerators, air conditioners, and televisions.

The consultants will submit an inception report within 1 month after signing the consulting contract. The interim reports, for each output, will be provided 3 months after commencement of the task, and the draft final reports upon completion of each output. The consultants will take into account the comments provided by ADB and the implementing agency on the draft final report for each output, and the consolidated final report will be submitted upon completion of all the outputs. The team leader will be responsible for collating the reports of the individual consultants to ensure consistency and coherence. All reports will be provided in English and Chinese.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Na Won Kim
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine
Ding Zhiyin, Representative of International Organization Division
No.9 Madian East Rod. Haidian District, Beijing 100088, People's Republic of China


Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2012
Fact Finding 03 Aug 2012 to 07 Aug 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2015

TA 8174-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2012 19 Oct 2012 19 Oct 2012 15 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 27 Sep 2012 332,646.62

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