Report Release Webinar: Electrification of Industrial Heating in China

November 22, 2023

Report Release Webinar: Electrification of Industrial Heating in China

November 29, 2023 at 10AM – 11AM Beijing time
November 28, 2023 at 6PM U.S. PT / 9PM U.S. ET

The industrial sector in China accounts for roughly two-thirds of China’s total primary energy use and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, China’s industrial sector energy consumption is larger than the total national energy consumption of every country worldwide except for the United States. As China’s grid decarbonizes, addressing thermal energy needs in the industrial sector, especially for process heating, will become a critical challenge in meeting China’s net zero target.

A significant opportunity lies in decarbonizing the industrial sector by transitioning heat production away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels and towards electrification with lower zero-carbon electricity. Global Efficiency Intelligence and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are releasing a new report that analyzes the electrification potential for 16 industrial subsectors in China. The report identifies specific processes that could be electrified in the near term with commercially available technologies and analyzes the expected changes in energy use, CO2 emissions, and energy costs under different scenarios. The report also assesses potential impacts on electricity demand and provides policy recommendations for accelerating the electrification of industrial heating in China.

This webinar will present the key findings from the report and provide a venue for expert discussion on the electrification of industrial heating in China.

webinar agenda

Webinar Presenters

Ali Hasanbeigi, PhD

Dr. Hasanbeigi is the Founder, CEO, and Research Director at Global Efficiency Intelligence, LLC. He is also the Founder and Co-director of the Industrial Electrification Center. He has over 15 years of international experience providing strategic analysis and technical research on industrial decarbonization, energy systems efficiency, industrial electrification, embodied energy and carbon in manufactured products, climate and trade, emerging technologies, and technology and policy evaluation. Before founding Global Efficiency Intelligence, Dr. Hasanbeigi was a Research Scientist in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he led the Low Emissions and Efficient Industry research group. Dr. Hasanbeigi has over 150 publications and served as a contributing author for the Industry Chapter of the IPCC’s Fifth and Sixth Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change.

Nan Zhou, PhD

Dr. Zhou is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has led many international programs at LBNL on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation, often focused on China. Dr. Zhou is currently the Technical Program Manager for the Net Zero World Action Center, an initiative launched by the U.S. government to work with countries to implement their climate ambition pledges and accelerate transitions to net zero, resilient, and inclusive energy systems. In addition, Dr. Zhou is a Lead Author of the chapter on Mitigation and Development Pathways of the recently-released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change. Dr. Zhou is also a co-chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of California-China Climate Institute and a Senior Scholar at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley.

Cecilia Springer, PhD

Dr. Springer is a Principal at Global Efficiency Intelligence. She is also the Co-director of the Industrial Electrification Center. She joins GEI from the Global China Initiative at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center. Her interdisciplinary research has focused on industrial decarbonization and China’s domestic and international energy policies. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University.