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Impacts of China's Current Appliance Standards and Labeling Program to 2020


The report summarizes the history and nature of China s standardsand labeling program in the Introduction in Section 1. Trends in domestic production, exports, penetration rates, unit energy consumption and the history of S&L technical levels by product are discussed in great detail in Section 2. The national energy impactsanalysis found in Section 3 concludes that overall China s standards and labeling programs reduce total electricity consumption in 2020 by an annual 106 TWh, or 16 percent of what would otherwise been expected in that year in the absence of standards and labeling programs.In total, the report concludes that the S&L programs currently in place in China are expected to save a cumulative 1143 TWh by 2020, or 9 percent of the cumulative consumption of residential electricity to that year. In 2020 alone, annual savings are expected to be equivalent to 11 percent of residential electricity use. In average generation terms, this is equivalent to 27 1-GW coal fired plants that would have required around 75 million tonnes of coal to operate. In comparison, savings from the US appliance standards program alone is expected to save 10 percent of residential electricity consumption in 2020.

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