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IEA and China’s NDRC sign MoU on energy efficiency collaboration

The International Energy Agency and the National Development (IEA) and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy efficiency collaboration. The agreement sets out a strong framework for collaboration on activities and projects to accelerate progress on energy efficiency, both in China and around the world.

On October 12, Zhang Yong (left), Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IEA headquarters in Paris, France (photo courtesy IEA).

The agreement sets out a strong framework for collaboration on activities and projects to accelerate progress on energy efficiency, both in China and around the world. The IEA and the NDRC look forward to collaborating on policy dialogue, joint research, data sharing, and capacity building activities.

According to the IEA, the agreement which was signed in Paris France on October 12, comes at a critical moment in the global efforts to rein in carbon emissions. Analysis from the IEA has long underscored the importance of energy efficiency in clean energy transitions, as well as China’s central role in the global energy debate.

China has made strong progress on energy efficiency in recent years and has led energy intensity improvements globally. Given the importance that China has attached to energy efficiency under NDRC’s leadership, the IEA is looking forward to working with Chinese institutions and providing a platform for China’s engagement on energy efficiency, as well as sharing its successful experiences in this field.

As part of its modernisation strategy, the IEA has been opening its doors to emerging economies and establishing itself as a clean energy hub, particularly on energy efficiency. Deepening the IEA’s collaboration with China marks another important step towards that goal.

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