China Eco-Transport Grid

Smart Grid, Case Study, transport, China GEF, Infrastructure, climate change, Carbon

This demand response GEF project reduces the CO2 footprint with 15.2 million metric tons

Demand Response and Smart Grid Technologies Hebei province (China). 

Technology and investment in Smart Grid infrastructure: Case study 2012 – 2016, including results.



  1. CO2 footprint
    mitigate about 15.2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) directly
  2. and an additional 65.6 MMTCO 2e indirectly during a period of 20 years of the project lifetime


  1. facilitate Hebei province (China) to meet its 12th Five-Year Plan target of energy intensity reduction and carbon emission mitigation
  2. build up capacity for Hebei in monitoring and reporting carbon emission mitigation in the industrial sector that will contribute to Hebei’s and China’s carbon emission cap and trading in 2015
  3. develop capacity for local banks and energy service companies (ESCOs) to finance industrial energy efficiency

The GEF budgeted a total of US$4 million for the project.

Why they acted

The main objective of the project was to lower the carbon footprint in the Hebei province in China by transport efficiency, energy savings and CO2 emission reduction.


How we did it

There are four components to the project.

  1. city cluster eco-transport development strategic planning
    This component will support consultant services to help Ministry of Transport (MOT) analyze the emerging transport patterns and issues of city clusters, multi-modal integrated transport strategies, policies, regulations, institutional framework and coordination mechanism, and develop technical guidelines for city cluster integrated transport planning and multi-modal passenger terminal design.
  2. a pilot demonstration in Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan city cluster
    This component will support the activities, which will be carried out in parallel and in coordination with the implementation of first component
  3. capacity building
    training and capacity building activities
  4. project management
    implement, supervise and manage the different parts of the project


Next step

  • The Mexico government is redesigning rural development plan reflects a switch from grid-connected rural electrification to solar- and wind-powered systems
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Lessons Learned

  1. Lessons and good practices are emerging but need to be better incorporated into project designs to promote learning
  2. Indirect influences and impacts are key GEF results
  3. Replication of projects is nog well planned or monitored
  4. Transfer of technological know-how is more difficult than project proponents anticipate
  5. Project risk assessment and management need to be strengthened
  6. Long-term programmatic approaches require sufficient GEF ‘credibility’ and experience in a country
  7. The GEF’s potential for influencing policy needs to be better utilized
  8. The contribution of GEF financed projects to social benefits and poverty alleviation needs to be assessed

Contact Information

Ramesh Ramankutty – Task Manager

Global Environment Facility




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