Profile of the GEF V Project in Beijing
During the 12th Five-year Plan period, Beijing will build itself into an international green city with a new model for intensive, efficient and ecological development that features great harmony between humans and the nature, and vigorously advance its construction as a humanistic, high-tech and green city. According to the 12th Five-year Plan on Development of Green Beijing, by the end of the 12th Five-year Plan period, the energy consumption per 10,000 yuan of local GDP in Beijing will drop by 17%; the discharge of carbon dioxide will fall by 18%; the proportion of quantities of renewable energy used to total energy consumed will reach 6%, and the water consumption per 10,000 yuan of local GDP will decrease by 15%. According to the 12th Five-year Plan of Beijing on Energy Conservation in Civil Buildings, energy consumption in citywide urban buildings will drop by 5.99 million tons of standard coal by 2015, accounting for 40% of the energy conservation objective for the 12th Five-year Plan period; Energy consumption in urban buildings will be controlled under 24.25 million tons, rising by 24.6% from 2009, representing 28.5% of the total energy consumption in the city and declining by 1.1% from the end of the 11th Five-year Plan period. In 2013, Beijing released and implemented the Implementation Plan of Beijing Municipality on Developing Green Buildings to Advance Construction of Ecological Cities and the Implementation Plan of Beijing Municipality on Green Building Action. The move was aimed to improve the sustainability of the capital city, enhance construction of ecological civilization, advance the green building action in an all-round way from policies & regulations, systems & mechanisms, planning & design, standards & codes to technical popularization, construction & operation and industrial support, and develop into a nationally advanced demonstration area for ecological development that features livable and beautiful environment and resources conservation.
The project is funded by the donation of the GEF V for the “energy conservation in buildings in Chinese cities and application of renewable energy”. The aim is to solve some key problems challenging the sustainable urbanization in China by supporting policy improvement in three major fields in China’s sustainable energy agenda, which include (i) promoting development of low-carbon livable cities; (ii) improving energy use efficiency in large public buildings and commercial buildings, and (iii) scaling up application of economically practicable solar PV power generation on the roof.
The project is carried out at three levels, i.e. the MOHURD, Beijing and Ningbo. Pilot programs will be first implemented in Beijing and Ningbo, with the research fruits and pilot experience to be of great guiding significance for the MOHURD to conduct research on relevant national policies and support other cities in carrying out similar researches. The project will be executed for five years from 2013 to 2018.
Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will assume (i) and (ii) contents as sub-projects.
Conduct international cooperation, draw on the advanced theoretical research fruits and practical experience both at home and abroad and combine the goal of developing Beijing into an international city and a green city to improve construction of green buildings and energy conservation in buildings in Beijing in fields like planning on low-carbon livable cities, energy use efficiency in large public buildings and commercial buildings, all-round development of green buildings and application of low-carbon technologies with sustainable development as the core, and to improve the laws, regulations, policies and standards regarding green buildings and energy conservation in buildings for providing demonstration and experience to nationwide cities in energy conservation in buildings and development of renewable energy.
GEF V Project Office in Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
To well manage the GEF V project, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development released the Notice on Setting up the GEF V Beijing Project Management Office (JING JIAN FA  No.213) in May 2012, according to which Beijing Project Management Office was set up to take charge of the concrete implementation of the GEF project in Beijing. The Project Office is mainly responsible for supervising implementation of various sub-projects, procurement of hardware equipment as well as use and management of funds. Zhu Genli, Deputy Chief Engineer of Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Director of the Division of Energy Saving on Buildings and Building Material Management, acts as the Director of the Project Office, and Zhao Fengdong, Director of Beijing Municipal Scientific & Technological Center for Promoting Housing and Urban-Rural Development, acts as the Executive Director. Personnel for procurement, technologies and finance and consultants are arranged as well.
In October 2012, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development released the Notice on Adjusting the Members of the GEF V Beijing Project Management Office (JING JIAN FA  No.458), which adjusted the financial and technical personnel in the project office based on actual needs.
In October 2012, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development released the Notice on Authorization by the GEF V Beijing Project Management Office (JING JIAN FA  No.459), authorizing Beijing Municipal Scientific & Technological Center for Promoting Housing and Urban-Rural Development to be responsible for project procurement, contract signing, management and supervision on its behalf during the project execution period.
March 2011, project preparation;
May 2012, the project office in Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development was set up;
September 2012, project pre-evaluation;
December 2012, project evaluation;
February 25, 2013, project negotiation;
July 4, 2013, the project was officially signed;
August 26, 2013, the project officially took effect;
September 16, 2013, big project launch meeting in Ningbo;
November 6, 2013, project launch meeting held by Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.