Navigating the Dual-Carbon Era: China’s Advancements in Industrial Energy-Saving Equipment

Since the 1970s, heightened awareness of the energy crisis and environmental concerns has fueled a continuous quest for industrial energy efficiency. China has witnessed the evolution of industrial energy-saving equipment through several key developmental stages.

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  1. 1. Initial Awareness (1987-1996)

The period from 1987 to 1996 marked the introduction of the “Interim Provisions on Enterprise Energy Conservation Management Upgrading (Grading),” laying the foundation for industrial energy conservation awareness.

  1. 2. Legislative Impetus (1997-2005)

The promulgation of the “Energy Conservation Law of the People’s Republic of China” from 1997 to 2005 prompted widespread energy-saving transformations in industrial enterprises, opening the doors to a burgeoning energy-saving equipment market.

  1. 3. Policy-Driven Growth (2006-2015)

In the pursuit of a resource-efficient and eco-friendly society, China implemented supportive policies for industrial energy-saving equipment during the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” and “Twelfth Five-Year Plan” periods, with a focus on sectors such as steel, non-ferrous metals, and coal.

  1. 4. Smart Evolution (Since 2015)

The maturation of technologies like artificial intelligence and big data since 2015 has steered energy-saving equipment toward intelligent solutions. Beyond fulfilling corporate social responsibilities and environmental obligations, such equipment now actively contributes to cost reduction for enterprises.

Market Expansion

The market size for energy-saving equipment has consistently grown, with projections indicating an increase from 370.82 billion yuan in 2019 to 722.91 billion yuan by 2027, reflecting an average annual growth rate of 9%.

Addressing High Energy Consumption in Environmental Protection

In the age of refined operations, the environmental protection industry grapples with the major challenge of high energy consumption, notably in the sewage industry. Current statistics reveal that electricity consumption in sewage treatment plants constitutes 70% to 90% of total energy usage, positioning it as a high-energy-consuming sector.

Experts advocate for comprehensive efficiency improvements and operational optimization, emphasizing the potential to reduce energy consumption by over 30%. In practical terms, a 30% energy savings across the country’s daily sewage treatment capacity can result in saving approximately 10 billion kWh of electricity annually.

Dual-Carbon Imperatives and Policy Initiatives

The dual-carbon policy has catalyzed policy initiatives focusing on energy conservation and emission reduction. Recent plans, such as the “Action Plan for Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency” and the “Action Plan for the High-Quality Development of Environmental Protection Equipment Manufacturing Industry (2022-2025),” emphasize the need for high-efficiency, low-carbon, and environmentally friendly technology.

Market Outlook

Data suggests rapid growth in the environmental protection equipment industry, with the output value expected to reach 1.3 trillion yuan by 2025. The evolving landscape demands a shift towards high-quality development, aligning with both pollution reduction and carbon reduction goals.

The Trajectory of Industrial Energy-Saving Equipment

The trajectory of industrial equipment development focuses on energy conservation and intelligence. In particular, common energy-intensive equipment like fans and compressors present substantial opportunities for energy savings. Innovations such as single-stage centrifugal blowers, air suspension blowers, and magnetic levitation blowers showcase improved energy efficiency.

Integrating intelligence into equipment through real-time monitoring using sensors, big data, and artificial intelligence enhances operational efficiency, saves energy, and reduces labor costs.

As the dual-carbon era unfolds, the imperative to actively reduce energy consumption takes center stage. Industrial enterprises must embrace high-quality energy-saving equipment technology to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented in this evolving market mechanism. In the pursuit of a sustainable society, energy-saving equipment emerges as a pivotal player in shaping a greener and more efficient industrial landscape.