Energy-Efficiency Training Series
Policy measure

BSR has designed a training initiative, the Energy-Efficiency Training Series, “to help Chinese suppliers start efficient energy-saving programs, secure funds and provide practical guidance on how to implement progressive and cost-effective programs” (BSR, 2009).

As many factory managers do not have knowledge about energy efficient technologies or how to pursue funding for them, let alone how to start an energy-saving programme, the Energy-Efficiency Training Series is designed to help Chinese suppliers initiate efficient energy saving programmes, secure funds and provide practical guidance on how to implement progressive and cost-effective programmes. (CTI, 2010)


The training consisted of four sessions, each lasting one day (BSR, 2009):

  • Energy Management and Energy Assessment: The first module was a one-day training session focused on helping factories to understand how to assess energy consumption, where and how energy consumption can be reduced, and the low costs involved in initiating an energy saving programme. CTI invited an energy efficiency expert to deliver this content and a project manager from a company to explain the setting up of an energy efficiency management committee.

  • Energy Saving Technologies and ROI Analysis: The second module described options for energy saving technologies and helped participants understand the ROI (Return on Investment) they provide. This module prepared participants to choose energy saving technologies that are best-suited for their situations. A project manager with extensive experience in energy efficiency services provided the training in this session.

  • Obtaining Funding: The third module introduced methods to fund energy saving projects. A variety of funding is available through the national government’s incentive programme, energy service companies and other organizations. An officer from the local government, a senior manager from a Hong Kong production centre and a manager from an energy services company were invited as speakers in this session.

  • In-Factory Visit and Case Study: In the final training module, participants visited a factory which had implemented an energy saving programme. They learned about the factory’s operation, programme implementation strategy and management and their ROI period. CTI arranged to visit one of the factories with a successful energy efficiency programme to share its experience on-site.

No identified challenges.

According to BSR (2010), “more than 20 Chinese factories from five different industries attended the Energy-Efficiency Training Series in 2009 under which factory operations managers were asked to complete their own case studies to share what they had done to reduce their energy consumption. These narratives have helped managers gain the confidence to build action plans and take ownership of energy management. Moreover they have been shown to kick-start factory programs that achieve a 5 to 10 percent reduction in energy consumption that pay for themselves in less than two years. At the same time, the approach also develops managers’ ability to engage with technical providers who can help accomplish deeper reductions.”


BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), 2009. Cost-saving training initiative for Chinese suppliers China Training Institute 2009 Energy Efficiency Training Series. San Francisco. Available at:

CTI (China Training Institute), 2010. Capacity Building: China Training Institute 2009 Energy Efficiency Training Series. Available at: