On the afternoon of May 3rd, 2017, iCET along with its 9 coalition members, have finally released the official BestEV system (App and website). Among the 40 attendees were government agencies, NGOs, auto manufacturers, and media representatives. Over 20 online media outputs covering the event were traced since, and new coalition members have reached out to the non-profit initiator of this collaborative effort, iCET, asking to join in.
On February 24th iCET Clean Transportation Transformation Program Director, Maya Ben Dror, was invited to present the organizations' thoughts on the drivers for China's NEV development, from a regulatory push (to—down) to a demand-side pull (bottom-up).
On February 16th iCET held a roundtable discussion on NEV credits design impact and management planning, together with China Beijing Environmental Emissions Exchange (CBEEX) with support of the Energy Foundation China.
Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau commissioned Chaoyang District Federation to evaluate social organization operating within its authority according to the "social organization assessment management approach" and the "Beijing social organization assessment management interim measures". The results of 57 organizations assessment conducted during the second half of 2016 were release last week, revealing only 3 organization met the 5A category and 24 met the 4A category, among which is the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET).
iCET's project manager Ms Kang Liping was invited to participate in the expert committee meeting of Certification Requirements for Bioenergy Sustainability voluntary standard, held on December 21st in Beijing. Led by China Quality Certification Center, the standard defines general criteria and principles
The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) held a "2016 China CAFC and Urban Real-World Emission Evaluation Workshop" in Beijing on September 21st. The workshop was supported by the UK Strategic Prosperity Fund (UK-SPF) and the Energy Foundation (China). Low-Carbon lead of the UK-SPF, Mr. Jonathan Farr, Clean Transportation Project Manager of the Energy Foundation (China), Ms. Xin Yan, and iCET’s founder and president, Dr. Feng An, gave the opening remarks.
iCET was invited to present its new Big Data and ICT work area for improving policy decisions in the transport sector in China towards better urban and national air quality and sustainable low-carbon emissions development. Maya Ben Dror, iCET’s Clean Transportation Transformation Director, highlighted the gap between reported passenger transportation emissions and fuel consumption and actual figures collected through ICT sources in over 31 cities in China over her presentation and through the expert panel discussion.
iCET was invited to present its recent China fuel consumption gap analysis at the 9th Better Air Quality and 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress in Busan Korea, on August 31st. Maya Ben Dror, iCET’s Clean Transportation Transformation Director, highlighted the need for improved fuel consumption and vehicle emissions measurement methods and management practices, as well as the benefits of collaborating towards the collection of end-user data using social-media platforms for flashing out gaps between reported and real-world emissions.
New Energy Vehicle (NEVs) and clean technology vehicles are core strategies for reducing urban air pollution and emissions in China. The corporate average fuel consumption (CAFC) standards, proven to be instrumental in reducing tailpipe emissions globally, have been enacted in China since 2005 and entered their forth implementation stage in 2016 aimed at reaching 5L/100km by 2020. In 2020, NEV subsidies are projected to be phased out, consistent with the target of reaching a volume of 5 million electric vehicles industry. However, assuming the industry will not be self-sustaining by then, governing institutions are attempting to supplement financial support with financial markets: NEV credits are being designed to fit into the CAFC standard and a more independent NEV credits mechanism (similar to California’s ZEV credits mechanism) is being evaluated.
On August 5th, the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), a China-based think tank, organized the 2016 Clean Mobility Salon and Sustainable Consumption Week - NEV Engagement jointly with the Beijing Auto Show and NEV Test-drive Center under the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of its annual sustainable consumption awareness-raising week.
Part of China's 2016 Green Sustainable Consumption Week (Aug 6th to Aug 14th), iCET hosted "Green Travel" activities at the Beijing Auto Museum which included an New Energy Vehicle (NEV) introduction lecture and EV test-drives/rides, ultimately aimed at inspiring and guiding NEV purchase choices.
The UNEP endorsed “2016 Green Sustainable Consumption Week” was officially launched on August 3rd at the Park Hyatt Hotel, organized by WWF and CCFA for the third consecutive year. iCET’s president, Dr. Feng An, introduced iCET’s Clean Transportation Transformation and its green travel activities in the “Join Forces for Sustainable Spending and Clean Production” panel. Beijing Media Network further interviewed Dr An on his insights on clean low-carbon travel options.
The Clean Transportation Transformation Director, Ms. Maya Ben Dror, was invited to present iCET’s ZEV-credits study highlights at the 7th Earth Temple Forum on June 16 in Beijing. The forum, organized by the Beijing Environmental Exchange Institute and Beijing Green Finance Association and hosted by the Climate Division of NDRC, the National Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation Research Center, and the Beijing Finance Department, focused on green finance and low carbon development.
Approved by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and led by China Quality Certification Center (CQC), China's Bioenergy Sustainability Standard Working Group held its first kick-off meeting on June 16th,iCET was invited as the Committee's sole NGO, with iCET's Clean Transportation Manager Ms. Kang Liping serving as its technical consultant.
On June 16, 2016, iCET held its "BestEV" 1sy implementation year summary in Energy Foundation China office. Over 20 representatives of the newly formed BestEV Experts Committee and BestEV Coalition, including industry, research and government organizations attended the meeting. iCET reviewed the project, its implementation process and major outputs for 2015/16, as well as its next steps towards 2017.