Cablegate: Energy Efficiency Conference in Guangzhou Provides
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SUBJECT: Energy Efficiency Conference in Guangzhou Provides
Forum for Frank and Open Dialogue
1. (U) Under a U.S.-China cooperation program supported by
USD 1.8 million in USAID funding - and convened by
Guangzhou's Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law with the
Vermont Law School and the Institute for Sustainable
Communities - more than 200 government officials, scholars,
and business representatives attended a conference in
Guangzhou on May 11 and 12 to discuss mainland China's
draft energy efficiency and draft circular economy laws.
Comments by the participants were collected for submission
to the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC).
2. (U) The conference, at which the Consul General spoke
about the need for us to prove ourselves capable stewards
of our limited energy resources, included panel discussions
by American and Chinese experts on energy efficiency, the
energy conservation law, and the circular economy law.
Over 200 people attended the conference, including Sun Yat-
Sen University President Huang Daren, 60 government
officials, 60 scholars, 30 business representatives, 20
representatives from NGOs and research institutes, and
about 30 students.
3. (U) Two roundtable break-out sessions focused on the
draft laws, allowing all conference participants to discuss
the impact of the laws on energy and environmental issues.
(Note: In 2006, China set the target of lowering its energy
consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent by 2010 as part
of the 11th Five-Year Plan. To meet this goal, China is
working to amend its eight-year old Energy Efficiency Law
and create a Circular Economy Law. End Note.) Comments
for submission to the NPC were collected during the
roundtable sessions. Press coverage of the event included
television and newspapers.