Incentives for Green Retrofit
Are there any government-funded or sponsored schemes for improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings and, broadly, how do they work?

Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings is increasingly becoming a significant part of China’s energy conservation and low carbon plan. China has established various financial support plans and special funds for specific improvements. These include the following:

Special Fund for Energy Conservation of Government Authorities’ Office Buildings and Large-scale Public Buildings

In 2007, as part of its energy conservation plan under its 11th Five-Year Plan, the central government established a special fund to improve the energy efficiency of offices of government authorities and large-scale public buildings over 20,000 square meters. Certain colleges and universities also obtained financial support under this fund.

The special fund has been used to establish a system for energy conservation supervision and has subsidized interest for loans for energy conservation improvements and other relevant costs and expenses that the Ministry of Finance (MOF) approves.

Financial Award for Improving the Measurement of the Heating System and the Energy Efficiency of Existing Residential Buildings in North Heating Area

In 2007, the central government started to grant financial support to improve the energy efficiency of existing residential buildings in China’s North Heating Area. The North Heating Area in China covers 15 municipalities and provinces in Northern China that needs heating system in winter. The MOF allocated in advance CNY 900 million to 15 provinces and cities in the area for improvement projects. The North Heating Area in China covers 15 municipalities and provinces in Northern China needs heating system in winter. This area includes Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang.

In 2012, the central government allotted approximately CNY 5.3 billion to support energy conservation improvements to heating systems in North China.

Financial Award for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Residential Buildings in Hot-Summer and Cold-Winter Zone

Beginning 2012, China decided to grant financial support for energy efficiency improvements to existing residential buildings in the Hot-Summer and Cold-Winter Zone. The Hot-Summer and Cold-Winter Zone in China covers regions in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and its surrounding areas.

The fund will be used to improve the energy efficiency of external doors, external windows, exterior shading systems, roofs and exterior insulation systems.