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Join leading energy efficiency companies from across the nation on a business development mission to China!

Exciting update: Chair of the California Energy Commission, Robert Weisenmiller, and a small delegation of California State Assemblymembers will also be participating.

This is a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Trade Mission.

Space is very limited!


China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) calls for a 16% reduction in the energy intensity of the economy (energy consumption/unit GDP)  Moreover, for the first time, provincial officials are being evaluated on the achievement of this metric. Consequently, opportunities abound for U.S. companies to leverage their expertise to generate “negawatts” in China.

The focus of this one-week mission is to help U.S. companies that provide technology and/or services related to energy efficiency to enter into (or expand operations in) the Chinese market. The mission helps participants identify and take advantage of real business opportunities.

This is a very cost-effective way for companies to:

  • meet one-on-one with potential business partners in the locations where there are specific needs for energy efficiency products and services;
  • network with key decision-makers from government and the private sector.

While the focus of the mission remains business development for the participating companies, having participation from California senior officials is very helpful to facilitate business opportunities.


By leveraging the experience and connections of the mission’s organizers, we have carefully designed a unique opportunity for qualified U.S. companies that:

  • Provides targeted one-on-one meeting opportunities with Chinese companies and government officials;
  • Includes opportunities to meet with local experts to gain a better understanding of doing business in China, particularly in the EE sector;
  • Provides post-mission support through assistance from the mission organizers.

This mission is part of a multi-year program to support U.S. companies interested in entering China’s energy efficiency market.


December 7-13, 2014  The week-long mission will begin in Beijing and visit Tianjin, Qingdao and Changzhou. These cities were chosen because they have specific needs for support in the energy efficiency sector, have the strong support of local officials, and have the ability to set up one-on-one meetings geared to the interests of participating companies.

Please scroll down for the detailed itinerary. You can also contact us for more details.


The mission is geared to any small - and medium-sized company that has proven technology and/or expertise in the energy efficiency sector, including equipment, software and service providers. We are focusing on companies that have sufficient experience, staff and funding to be able to make a commitment to working in China. For purposes of this mission, energy efficiency includes residential and commercial building efficiency/green buildings (new buildings and retrofits) as well as industrial efficiency.


The cost of this trade mission is $3,500 (covering administrative costs for exclusive match-making services and customized one-on-one meetings with Chinese companies and government officials) plus $4,000 for all in-country expenses (including domestic travel, accommodations, and meals).

Please note that the total - $7500 - is based on the actual costs of organizing the mission as it is being arranged by non-profit organizations and government agencies.

  • This includes all meetings, receptions, translation, domestic travel, accommodations, and meals.
  • This does not include roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and China, visas, and company specific materials (such as brochures and interpretation for one-on-one meetings).


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About the Cities

Beijing:  Beijing is the capital city of China and one of the most populous cities in the world with over 21 million people. Through the integration of sustainable development goals into China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, political leaders in Beijing are pursuing an aggressive clean energy agenda that is transforming global energy markets. One of the country’s pioneering district-level sustainable urban planning initiatives is located in Beijing at Green Dragon Lake. China Development Orient is developing the new district on a 10 square mile area of land located 25 kilometers southwest of Tiananmen Square. Green Dragon Lake is currently in the planning phase and developers have affirmed their commitment to integrating world-class sustainable energy planning, building design principles, and clean energy technologies into the development of the District. The District will be occupied by organizations from the public and private sectors and is envisioned to become a world-class multicultural convention capital. The networking and business development opportunity of this stop will be focused on national and municipal government officials, as well as facilitated group and/or individual meetings with Green Dragon Lake’s real estate developers at China Development Orient.

Tianjin:  Tianjin is a center for the rapidly growing cleantech market in China. As the fifth largest city in the country, with a population of nearly 13 million, Tianjin is a particularly important market for US clean technology products and services. Only 30 minutes away from Beijing by rail, Tianjin is a home base for China’s national clean technology pursuits.  Tianjin is in China’s first group of pilot cities designated for low-carbon development, with China placing sustainable development as the highlight of its 12th Five-Year Plan. To assist the country in meeting this goal, the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA) developed the TEDA ECO Center. With other cities in the region and nation already coming to the TEDA ECO Center to obtain international clean technology, Tianjin is the ideal launching pad for US clean technology companies seeking to increase US market share in China.  This match-making location is the first low-carbon, economic and technological innovation promotion center in China with a focus on international cooperation.  It serves as a premier information-sharing and business match-making platform for energy and environmental technologies.

Qingdao:  Qingdao is a Northeast China coastal city of roughly 8 million people long considered one of China’s most livable cities. The city has also been selected as part of the National Development and Reform Commission’s second round of low-carbon cities.  By 2015, Qingdao’s CO2 emissions must drop by 18% when compared with 2010 levels.  In response, the city has been aggressively implementing new measures for tracking and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and implementing low-carbon technologies. The city has been working with the city of San Francisco to explore ways to deepen economic exchange and low-carbon cooperation, and has expressed a strong desire to partner with leading US clean technology companies to help Qingdao meet its low-carbon goals. Qingdao intends to set up a representative office in San Francisco to support its economic and low-carbon cooperation with the US.

Changzhou:  Changzhou is situated in the Yangtze Delta region of China and has remained one of the most developed cities in Jiangsu Province. The city is also one of the top business cities in China.  According to Forbes, Changzhou was the 9th best business city in mainland China in 2010. Changzhou has been recognized for its old “Four Pillar Industries”, including mechanical, electrical manufacturing, automobile manufacturing, and textiles. In addition, the city has newly added more industrial sectors to its economy, including high-tech, electronic, biomedical, and chemical productions. The industrial contribution to its GDP has reached 57% and the share is still going strong. The trade mission focus for this city will be in the Wujin National Hi-Tech Industrial Zone located in the southern section of Changzhou. The networking and business development opportunity of this stop will be focused on municipal government officials, private sector partners, and facilitated group and/or individual meetings with commercial building owners. These motivated buyers have already received energy audits to identify high-potential energy upgrade opportunities and are seeking qualified vendors to improve the energy performance of their buildings.

Dongying:  Dongying is a coastal city in Shandong province that was established in 1983 as a base for developing the Yellow River Delta as well as China’s second largest oilfield, Shengli Field. A large part of the city’s economy is related to petroleum due to the proximity of the oil field. Dongying is also part of two economic zones—the Yellow River Delta High-Efficiency Eco-Friendly Economic Zone and the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone.  CECA is situated in Dongying Economic & Technological Development Zone (DYETDZ). Currently, representatives from CECA and the Dongying Municipal Government have noted a strong interest in both industrial and building energy efficiency and plan to bring representatives from interested companies to participate in meetings on December 11.

Linyi:  Linyi City is located in Shandong Province in Southeastern China and is the largest and most populous administrative region in Shandong province.  It was rated as a “top-50 best commercial city in China” by Forbes for three consecutive years. In 2013, among all the second-tier cities in China, Linyi was named to the United Nations green industrial platform. Linyi’s GDP for 2013 was 333.68 billion yuan, an increase of 11.04%. In recent years, Linyi has emphasized the importance of clean energy technologies, and wishes to improve international cooperation and dialogue to accelerate the development of the city’s clean technology industry. The Linyi Municipal Government plans to bring 20 relevant local enterprises representing a range of energy efficiency sectors and technologies to participate in meetings on December 11.

Weifang: Weifang, located in the middle of the Shandong Peninsula and at the heart of two national strategic economic zones – the Yellow River Delta economic zone and the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone – is one of China’s leading second-tier cities. With a population of 9.2 million and a geographic area covering 16,100 square kilometers, Weifang accounts for about 10% of the total area of Shandong Province.  Weifang’s industrial base is anchored by state-level Development Zones, including Weifang High and New-Tech Zone, Binhai Economic and Technological Development Area (BEDA).  In 2013, Weifang’s GDP was RMB 442 billion yuan, an annual increase of 10.6%. Weifang holds many distinguished titles such as EU-China Urbanization Partnership Cooperation City, UN-Water Environment Model City, the National Environmental Protection Model City, National Sanitary City, National Garden City, National Science and technology advanced city, the first national recycling economy demonstration city, and China Habitat Environment Prize cities. It is also one of the first China-US low-carbon eco pilot cities.

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