National Energy Conservation Law of China (amendments in 2016)

Last updated: 17 May 2021

The National Energy Conservation Law first came into force in 1997 and amended in 2007. The main objective of the Law is to reduce energy consumption across all end-use sectors by promoting energy efficiency with an emphasis on economic and social development as well as the economic benefits of energy efficiency.


The Law also encompasses a stratgy to incorporate energy conservation and efficiency intro broader national economic and social planning efforts. Amendments in 2016 were made to the following articles:

    • Amendment to Article 15 on the implementation and compliance enforcement system for the energy conservation assessment and review of fixed asset investment projects.
    • Amendment to Article 68 on compliance enforcement for the approval process of government investment projects.

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