Plenary Meeting of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Coordination and Promotion Group, Expert Advisory Group, and Administration Group Held in Beijing


On 11 September 2020, the National Intelligence Manufacturing Standardisation Coordination and Promotion Group, Expert Advisory Group, Administration Group, held the plenary meeting in Beijing.

During the meeting, the requests and needs of the Chinese government for standardisation work in the field of intelligent manufacturing were illustrated in detail by Tian Shihong, leader of the Coordination and Promotion Group and administrator of the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC), and by Xin Guobin, the vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. These are:

  • Improve the system guarantee mechanism;
  • Revise and modify the Guidelines for the Establishment of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standards System;
  • Accelerate research on standards;
  • Further promote the application of standards;
  • Formulate and optimise performance evaluation indicators for the development of intelligent manufacturing;
  • Extend international cooperation.

You Zheng, the leader of the Expert Advisory Group, illustrated the Expert Advisory Group Work Report, which mainly summarises five major tasks undertaken by the group, specifically:

  • Improvement of the organisation mechanisms of the Expert Advisory Group;
  • Guiding of the revision of the Guidelines for the Establishment of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standards System;
  • Continuous support to intelligent manufacturing comprehensive standardisation projects;

You Zheng also pointed out that the Expert Advisory Group will continue to work on the basis of the Specifications on the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Group, specifically by providing advices to the Coordination and Promotion Group on the standardisation plan, system and policies in the field of intelligent manufacturing; by providing technical guidance to the Administrative Group; and by engaging in and promoting the research, formulation, divulgation, implementation and application of domestic and international standards in the field of intelligent manufacturing.

Zhao Bo, the leader of the Administrative Group and of the China Electronics Standardisation Institute (CESI), illustrated the Administrative Group Work Report, which mainly highlights four major achievements made by the group since 2016, including the establishment and optimisation of standardisation top-level planning; as well as the divulgation, implementation and promotion of standards. Zhao Bo also highlighted key existing challenges, and provided recommendations for the revision of the Guidelines for the Establishment of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standards System and for the establishment of an intelligent manufacturing standards system specific for each industry sector.

In addition, during the meeting officials from SAMR/SAC announced the new composition of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Coordination and Promotion Group, Expert Advisory Group and Administration Group, specifying their responsibilities and configuration. They also provided an overview of the following content:

  • Working System of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Expert Advisory Group (Revised Draft);
  • Charter of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Administrative Group (Revised Draft);
  • Procedures for Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Projects (Revised Draft);
  • Progress of the establishment of the intelligent manufacturing standards system for the shipbuilding industry, the building materials industry, and the petrochemical industry.

Finally, the officials also discussed on the Guidelines for the Establishment of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standards System (2021 Edition) (Draft) and on the Work Plan for the Pilot Application of Intelligent Manufacturing Standards (Draft).


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First China-led Financial Blockchain Standard Project Approved in ITU


The plenary meeting of the International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 16 was held online from 22 June to 3 July 2020.


During the meeting, the Financial Distributed Ledger Technology Application Guideline was approved. The standard was led by the Digital Currency Research Institute of China (DCRI) and was jointly initiated by the China Academy for Information and Communications (CAICT) and Huawei, among others.


Currently, major countries and international organisations are accelerating the technological innovation and application of blockchain. China is not an exception: various efforts have been made to speed up and promote the innovation and development of the blockchain technology and industry. In particular within the finance sector, blockchain technology has already been widely adopted in trade finance, bill exchanging, supply chain finance, deposit certificate, reconciliation, asset securitization and others.


For a long time, DCRI has proactively undertaken work in the field of legal digital currency and blockchain standardisation. Leveraging on the core role of the SAC/TC180 (Finance)/Legal Digital Currency Standards Working Group, it researched and formulated the standards for the distributed ledger technology and other financial technologies, in with the aim to standardise the technology and application of the distributed ledger.


The approved Financial Distributed Ledger Technology Application Guideline is the first financial blockchain international standard project led by China. China looks forward to using this standard as a framework to:

  • Contribute to the planning and layout of the financial blockchain international standards system;
  • Create sub-standards such as reference frames, risk control, security and privacy protection, and financial blockchain business specifications in various fields;
  • Submit more China-led financial blockchain standards to ITU-T;
  • Make more contributions to the formulation of international rules.


SAC/TC28 sets up the Smart City Standardisation Working Group


On 17 September 2020, the SAC/TC28 Smart City Standardisation Working Group held its first and inaugural meeting in Beijing.

During the meeting, Dai Hong, the leader of the Working Group and former inspector of the State Administration for Market Regulation’s Product Quality Security Supervision and Management Department, outlined for main objectives and requirements for the working group:

  • Complete, as soon as possible, the formulation of the framework of the standards system, as well as short- and long-term standardisation plans;
  • Adhere to the principle of openness, by actively involving local governments, the public and private sectors, and other relevant parties;
  • Closely monitor international developments and trends, and design of an international standardisation strategy;
  • Carry out work in strict adherence to the regulations approved during the first inaugural meeting.

The meeting reviewed various procedural documents, including the regulations of the working group, the administrative methods for the thematic groups and panels, and the 2020 work plan. The participants exchanged views and discussed in particular on the organisation mechanisms of the working group, as well as its key research areas and methodologies. The working group will next focus on the establishment of standards system and mechanisms, specifically through the launch of fundamental research, the development of national standards, participation in international standardisation activities, as well as standards implementation and promotion.

To date, China has achieved significant progress in the standardisation of smart city, including the establishment of:

  • The National Smart City Standardisation Coordination and Promotion Group, Administration Group and Expert Advisory Group, whose objectives are to propel the work of China smart city standardisation and the formulation of the basic general standards;
  • SAC/TC28, focusing on information technology;
  • SAC/TC426, focusing on construction;
  • SAC/TC268, focusing on transportation;
  • CCSA, focusing on communication technology;
  • And other organisations and institutions such as CNIS, which contributed to the formulation of smart city standards from various perspectives, e.g. sustainable development.

Among these standardisation organisations, TC28 has been the longest and biggest source of smart city standards. The establishment of the Smart City Standards Working Group under TC28, therefore, can be seen as another step taken by China to further strengthen and centralise standardisation work in the field of smart city.

Face of Standardization: CEN-CENELEC Interview with Dr. Betty XU


10 June 2020 is an important day for the CEN and CENELEC Community. In 1960, representatives from ISO and IEC members in the European Economic Community (EEC) and EFTA countries agreed to the creation of two European Standardization Organizations, CEN and CENEL – which then became CENELEC. In a period that witnessed the founding steps of European integration, such agreement of principles set the basis for the creation of a common European Standardization System. In 2020, CEN and CENELEC celebrate 60 years of collaboration on European standardization, and this provides us with an opportunity to look back at the successes achieved, and to reflect on the road that is still ahead.

As part of the celebrations, CEN and CENELEC launched the project ‘Faces of standardization’, which features the publication of a series of monthly interviews with different individuals who are actively contributing to European standardization. The interviewees include the Chair of CEN/TC, the Chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC, the Director General APPLiA, as well as SESEI (Seconded European Standardization Expert for India) and SESEC (Seconded European Standardization Expert in China).

In September 2020, Dr. Betty XU, Director of SESEC project, was interviewed by CEN-CENELEC. During the interview, Dr. Betty XU introduced herself and her involvement in standardization affairs, also through a series of anecdotes from her 14 years’ of direct experience in the field. In terms of European Standardization, Dr Betty XU analyzed the benefits and the main achievements of European Standardization System in detail; she also shared her views on the evolution and directions of standardization for the next 60 years, particularly her conviction that there will be more harmonized standards all over the world to support product and technology interoperability and international trade. SESEC project will continue its efforts to enhance the visibility of European standardization activities in China, to increase the cooperation between Chinese and European standardization bodies, and to support European companies facing standardization-related issues hampering market access to China.

The full text of CEN-CENELEC interview with Dr. Betty XU is available at:

For more information, you can browse the official website of CEN-CENELEC on CEN and CENELEC celebrate 60 years of Contributing to Standardization in 2020.

By Haley WU on 9 October 2020

2020 Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Green Manufacturing Standards for Automobile Industry Held in Tianjin


On 10 September 2020, the National Technical Committee for Auto Standardisation (NTCAS) held the “2020 Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Green Manufacturing Standards for the Automobile Industry” in Tianjin. The meeting was attended by more than 20 experts from the Auto Standardisation Research Institute (ASRI) of CATARC (the SOE holding the NTCAS), automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), universities and testing agencies.

During the meeting, the representatives of the working group first provided an overview of the work and progress of the working group in 2020. In particular, they presented the framework of the standards system of green manufacturing and circular economy in the automotive industry, reviewed the projects on industrial energy conservation and green standardisation, and also summarised the progress of standardisation research, outlining proposals for follow-up actions.

Then, the working group discussed in detail the drafts of various standards, including:

  • Guidelines for Green Factory of Automobile Industry;
  • Calculation Method of Overall Energy Consumption for Per Unit Output of Automobile Products;
  • Calculation Method of Overall Water Consumption for Per Unit Output of Automobile Products;
  • Evaluation of Green Supply Chain Management Practices in Automobile Industry;
  • Technical Specification for Green-design Product Assessment for Automobiles.

In particular, the experts focused their discussion mostly on the first document (which has been indicated as the key framework document guiding the establishment of the green manufacturing standards system), specifically on how to improve the applicability of the guidelines, its evaluation index weight, and the limit requirements of partial clauses. The Guidelines for Green Factory of Automobile Industry is expected to set up an evaluation index system for green factory that meets the needs of industrial development, guiding the automobile industry to efficiently manage green factories and thus standardise the green manufacturing in factories.



Following stricter laws and regulations on energy and environmental protection, and the growing momentum for the establishment of green factories, the automobile industry is burgeoning and consuming more energy. At the same time, however, there is a lack of evaluation methods and detailed rules for automobiles green factories in China – highlighting the need to formulate evaluation standards and rules for the industry, thus contributing to green manufacturing.

The Working Group on Green Manufacturing Standards for the Automobile Industry was established by NTCAS against this backdrop, and to improve green manufacturing standards of the auto industry. Its establishment is also seen as a response to the call of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) to establish a green manufacturing standards system – which is illustrated in detail in the Guidelines for the Establishment of the Green Manufacturing Standards System jointly formulated by MIIT and SAC. This document is aimed at implementing the Made in China 2025 initiative and promoting the standardisation of green manufacturing.

The document highlighted that the energy-saving and comprehensive utilisation standards systems in various industries and telecommunications should be combined into an integrated system of green manufacturing standards – which is divided into seven key aspects: composite foundation, green products, green plants, green enterprises, green parks, green supply chain and green evaluation and services:







As one of the major industries underpinning the establishment of the green manufacturing standards system, the automobile industry will follow the seven key aspects above. The standards revised by the working group can contribute to improve the whole system of green manufacturing standards in the auto industry, and provide foundation for the green evaluation of automobiles in the future.

2020 China Cybersecurity Week: Cybersecurity Standards Forum Held in Zhengzhou


On 16 September 2020, as part of the activities scheduled for the 2020 China Cybersecurity Week, the Cybersecurity Standards Forum was held in Zhengzhou, Henan province. The Forum was sponsored by the Zhengzhou Municipal People’s Government, organised by the National Information Security Standardisation Technical Committee (TC260), and co-organised by the China Electronics Standardisation Institute (CESI).

During the forum, key speakers and participants stressed that cybersecurity standardisation work should be undertaken to contribute to the implementation of the decisions of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, particularly with respect to:

  • Strengthening top-level research on national standards on cybersecurity; optimising and improving the national cybersecurity standards system;
  • Accelerating the development of urgently-needed key standards, especially on data security for online platforms and for biometric identification;
  • Strengthening international standardisation exchanges and cooperation.

The forum also remarked the key directions of cybersecurity work – and in particular of cybersecurity standardisation – which were indicated by President Xi Jinping “Four Perseverances”:

  • Promoting the development of urgently needed key standards;
  • Making significant efforts to improve the quality of standards;
  • Enhancing the timeliness of standards development;
  • Dedicating to the establishment of standardisation talent teams.

Among the keynote speakers of the forum, there were: LIU Xiangang, Deputy Secretary General of TC260, who introduced the overall situation of national standardisation of cybersecurity; WANG Jianmin, Dean of Tsinghua University, who illustrated several data security standards and good practices; LI Jingchun, chief engineer of the National Research Centre for Information Technology Security, whose speech focused on the security and protection of critical information infrastructure. YUAN Jie, Deputy General Manager of Information Security Management and Operation Centre of China Mobile, who shared the achievements made in the standardisation of 5G security; LIU Bei, Director of the National Information Centre, who introduced the security standards and good practices for remote and mobile working offices; Dr HU Ying, from CESI, who provided an overview of the progress of standardisation of AI security; XUE Yongbo, from Huawei, who introduced the security standards and good practices for supply chain; and finally JIANG Zengzeng, standardisation expert from Tencent, who introduced face recognition security and standardisation practices.

As one of the important activities of this year’s China Cybersecurity Week (which was held in Zhengzhou from 14 to 20 September 2020), the Cybersecurity Standards Forum played a positive role in promoting good practices and increasing awareness of the implementation and application of national cybersecurity standards.

The Cybersecurity Standard Forum was entirely recorded and can be viewed online through the following link:

By Haley WU on 28 September

2020 (3rd) China IPv6 Development Forum held in Beijing


On 28 August 2020, the Expert Committee for the Large-scale Deployment of IPv6 held the 2020 (third) China IPv6 Development Forum in Beijing. The purpose of the forum was to accelerate the large-scale deployment of next generation Internet technologies based on the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), as well as to promote the divulgation of IPv6 applications and the coordinated development of IPv6 technology, industry, network, and applications.

According to academician Dr. Wu Henquan, a keynote speaker of the forum, by July 2020 more than 90% of LTE users in China were allocated IPv6 addresses, while the number of active IPv6 users reached 362 million – corresponding to approximately 40% of total Chinese Internet users. The total IPv6 data flow on the three major telecommunication companies LTE core network reached 4372Gbps, accounting to 10% of the total. In addition, the top 100 commercial websites and applications in China can be accessed through IPv6.

Currently, the world internet based on IPv4 is facing serious problems like exhausted network addresses and low-quality services. IPv6, on the other hand, can provide sufficient network addresses and vast innovative opportunities. IPv6 is the globally recognised solution for the next generation of commercial internet applications. In this context, China has been very proactive in promoting the large-scale deployment of IPv6, releasing in recent years various key policy documents, including:

  • The Action Initiative to Promote the Large-scale Deployment of the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), released in 2017 by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. The document outlined a series of objectives to be reached by IPv6 by the end of 2020 in China, including: (i) number of active IPv6 users to exceed 500 million and accounting to more than 50% of all Internet users; (ii) new network addresses to abandon private IPv4 addresses; and (iii) accelerate the deployment of IPv6 in a series of priority areas, such as: China’s top 100 commercial websites and applications; governments outside the network website system or above the municipal level; radio and television media website systems above the city and prefecture level; large internet databases; the top ten content distribution networks; all cloud products of the top ten cloud service platforms; 5G networks and services; as well as new mobile and fixed terminals, and international entrances and exits.
  • The Notice on Launching the Special Operation for IPv6 Network Readiness in 2019, released by MIIT in April 2019. It outlined a detailed operation for a comprehensive IPv6 transformation of backbone networks, metropolitan area networks, and access networks.
  • The Notice on Carrying out the Special operation to Improve IPv6 End-to-End Connectivity in 2020, released by MIIT in March 2020. Taking as core objective the improvement of the user experience of IPv6 networks and the achievement of application requirements, the document outlined three milestones for large-scale IPv6 deployment in 2020, namely to significantly improve network performance, active connections, and data flow proportions.

The Chinese government is steadily promoting the comprehensive replacement of IPv4 with IPv6, and cultivating new IPv6 application ecosystems. However, judging from the data released during the 2020 (third) China IPv6 Development Forum, it emerges that there still is a gap between the current IPv6 deployment level and the expected objectives.

Finally, it is noteworthy that during the forum, the Expert Committee for the Large-scale Deployment of IPv6 also issued the white paper of China IPv6 Development status, and hosted two thematic parallel sessions: IPv6+ Industry Salon, and IPv6 and New Development in Education and Research.

China-led International Standard for Smart City ICT Reference Framework Released


On 7 August 2020, the international standard for smart city ICT framework (ISO/IEC 30145-3:20, 20 Information Technology — Smart City ICT Reference Framework — Part 3: Smart City Engineering Framework) was officially released. It is the first Smart City ICT Reference Framework standard released by ISO/IEC JTC 1; its development was led by China.

The ISO/IEC 30145 series of international standards put forward, from different perspectives, the framework, principles and requirements of information and communication technologies in support to the construction of smart cities. The newly-released part 3 of the standard focuses on the engineering perspective: it provides the ICT framework, structured in layers of information and communication technologies, essential for the operation of smart cities. This framework also provides the mapping of the ICT techniques to various system entities in order to support the smart city’s business, knowledge management, and operational systems from the engineering perspective. Part 1 and part 2 of ISO/IEC 30145 – respectively Smart City Business Process Framework and Smart City Knowledge Management Framework – are expected to be released in 2021. In addition, ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11 (Smart City Working Group) has recently started the compilation of guidelines for the application and implementation of international standards such as ICT reference framework and ICT evaluation index: these will provide systematic solutions for the overall planning of smart cities within global cities, as well as for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of specific smart city ICT projects.

The ISO/IEC 30145 series of international standards is developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11 (Smart City Working Group), together with the China Electronics Standardisation Institute (CESI) and experts from Peking University, the New Generation Standardisation Institute of the Shandong Academy of Sciences, the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), Tencent, CETC Great Wall and other enterprises, as well as experts from the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and other countries. The approval of this series of international standards was mainly proposed by Chinese experts, based on China’s national standard GB/T 34678-2017 Smart City Technology Reference Model – thus representing a milestone for the internationalisation of China’s smart city standards and experience in urbanisation.

CESI is the Secretariat and mirror committee in China of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11. CESI has always committed to the development, application and promotion of international standards for ICT in smart cities, continuously illustrating China’s smart city practices and solutions with the international community, and uniting with countries around the world to meet the challenges and opportunities of smart cities. To date, a total of ten international standards for ICT in smart cities have been approved – six of which are based on China’s national standards or practical experience.

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By Haley WU on 23 September

SAMR’s Interpretation of the “Key Areas of Implementation for Enterprise Standards ‘Top Runners’ in 2020”



The Enterprise Standards “Top Runners” scheme was designed and launched to encourage enterprises to improve the quality of their products and services. It is based on the disclosure and supervision of enterprise standards published on the Enterprise Standard Information Public Service Platform – which is clearly encouraged by Art. 27 of the Standardisation Law. According to the scheme, a list of enterprises with higher level of standards for their products and services in certain areas is selected every year as‘top runner’enterprise. The evaluation, assessment and identification of enterprise standards ‘top runners’ is conducted by third-party agencies.

On 20 August 2020, State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the Key Areas of Implementation for Enterprise Standards‘Top Runners’in 2020. The document illustrates a list of product and service areas, within which enterprise standards will be compared and evaluated, and the final list of ‘top runners’ will be selected. The publication of the document marks the beginning of the enterprise standards ‘top runner’ scheme in 2020.


  • What are the key areas of implementation, and why are these needed?

According to GB/T 4754-2017 Industrial classification for national economic activities, it is estimated that China’s current national economy is structured on more than ten thousand industries – and the number of product and service categories circulating on the market is even more challenging to estimate. Among these many industries, the degree of disclosure of enterprise standards varies significantly, making it impossible to evaluate them all at once. Therefore, every year a set of key industry areas are determined by competent authorities: these will be the focus areas – that is, key areas of implementation – in which enterprise standards will be evaluated in the corresponding year.

Once determined, the key areas of implementation will always remain in the list for all the following years. This means that the scope of the key areas of implementation will continuously expand every year in line with the implementation of the enterprise standards ‘top runners’ scheme.


  • How are the key areas of implementation determined?

On 13 April 2020, SAMR issued the Notice on the Solicitation of Key Areas of Implementation for Enterprise Standards ‘Top Runners’ in 2020, soliciting all provinces, regions, municipalities and eight central government ministries to submit suggestions for the key areas of implementation for 2020. The Notice specified that the suggestions had to focus on the industries classified by GB/T 4754-2017 Industrial classification for national economic activities as Grade 3 or Grade 4.

All suggestions received were collected by the China National Institute of Standardisation (CNIS) – the key agency for the ‘top runners’ scheme. CNIS then organised an expert discussion, on the basis of which the list of key areas of implementation for 2020 was determined. The final list covers 184 areas, including agriculture, consumer goods, equipment manufacturing, emerging industries and services. Among them, 131 are new areas in 2020 and 53 are key areas that had already been determined in 2019.


  • What are the main changes introduced in this year’s key areas compared with those of 2019?

Compared with key areas in 2019, this year’s key areas of implementation differ in the following aspects:

  1. GB/T 4754-2017 Industrial classification for national economic activities is officially introduced as the basis for the selection of key areas in 2020. This makes the selection process more standardised and science-based compared to the previous year.
  2. In 2020, the list of the 184 key areas was determined based on the industrial classification of GB/T 4754-2017, and covers more than one thousand specific products and services. The scope of the list therefore was greatly expanded this year compared to 2019, when only around one hundred categories of products and services were covered.
  3. The new key areas added in 2020 include for the first time areas directly affecting the society: (i) agricultural areas (e.g. grains and oil, agricultural and sideline processing); (ii) sophisticated industries (e.g. new energy vehicles and aviation equipment); and (iii) social service industries (e.g. express delivery, Internet data, financial information and housekeeping). Therefore, the enterprise standards ‘top runners’ in 2020 will provide a more comprehensive and effective support for the high-quality development of various industries in China.


  • Why was GB/T 4754-2017 Industrial classification for national economic activities introduced as the basis for the selection of key areas in 2020?

The adoption of GB/T 4754-2017 is mainly based on the following three considerations:

  1. In 2019, the suggestions for the key areas of implementation received varied enormously, reflecting the different understandings and priorities of the various ministries, regions and provinces involved. The introduction of GB/T 4754-2017 in 2020 contributed to minimise such differences and to provide a reference to the collection process.
  2. The introduction of GB/T 4754-2017 marks a clear direction for the promotion of the enterprise standards ‘top runners’ scheme, by clarifying how many industries have been covered at present, and how many industries will need to be covered in the future.
  3. Finally, GB/T 4754-2017 is the most common and diffused classification system for industries within the management and operation procedures of government departments and enterprises in China. At the same time, the fact that GB/T 4754-2017 has been regularly updated over the years (currently at its fifth edition) ensures that the industrial classification system keeps pace with and best reflects China’s economic and social development.


  • What are the next steps?
  1. A series of ‘top runner’ standards (note: not ‘top runner’ enterprises, but ‘top runner’ standards) were proposed in the first half of 2020 to standardise and guide the work of evaluation agencies, and at the same time to guide the development of enterprise standards. At the same time, supporting materials such as evaluation guidelines and case studies have been prepared, and a further notice on the solicitation of evaluation agencies for the enterprise standards ‘top runners’ scheme will be officially published in the upcoming weeks.
  2. Another priority will be to continue improving the enterprise standards ‘top runners’ management information platform ( While retaining all the functions already introduced in 2019, the platform will add new functions to improve the user experience, such as selection of product and service categories, only review, automatic index comparison and ranking, etc.
  3. The final list of 2020 enterprise standards ‘top runners’ will be released in three batches in October, November and December. This will allow sufficient time to evaluation agencies for conducting research and evaluation of enterprise standards, thus ultimately ensuring the quality and authority of the list.

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By Haley WU on 21 September

Notice on Beginning the Recommendations for National Green Data Centres in 2020, published by MIIT and other 6 central government bodies


On 6 August 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Government Office Administration (CNGOA), the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), and the National Energy Administration (NEA), jointly issued the Notice on Beginning the Recommendations for National Greed Data Centres (2020).

Concerned about the serious waste of resources and energy currently affecting some data centres in China, Chinese government established the National Green Data Centre programme, aiming to guide Chinese data centre industry to shift towards a more efficient and environment-friendly model of growth. Chinese government have also issued several policies to improve the standards for green data centres.

Specifically, every year MIIT and other key central government bodies jointly select a batch of National Green Data Centres from the various data centres operating in production and manufacturing, telecommunications, public services, energy, finance and e-commerce. The basic requirements that must be met by candidates are:

  1. Possession of independent legal personality and clear ownership rights. Abiding by relevant laws and regulations during the construction and operation of the data centre. No records in the past three years of safety or environmental accidents, of law infringements, or of breach of trust as recognised by judicial or administrative bodies.
  2. Clear and complete physical boundaries of the computing system, independent power supply and distribution, and deployment of refrigeration systems in line with the Action Plan for Green Efficient Refrigeration. This Action Plan highlights several tasks for refrigeration standards, including:
  • Raise the energy efficiency standards of refrigeration products, phasing out ones with low-efficiency. The energy efficiency limits of major refrigeration products should meet the access requirements for energy efficiency in developed countries, and should try to achieve the leading role of the first-level energy efficiency indexes worldwide.
  • Promote green and efficient refrigeration consumption, and encourage the inclusion of green and energy efficiency indexes as part of the tender evaluation criteria of products, so as to increase the role and importance of the indexes.
  • Further cooperation with the international community, especially through analysis of refrigeration energy efficiency standards and evaluating methods in different countries, so as to promote regional and international coordination and mutual recognition of standards.
  1. Follow the Guiding Opinions on the Construction and Distribution of Data Centres, which highlight the need to increase efforts in the standardisation of data centres, specifically by developing and assessing the standards and evaluating methods for energy efficiency, services and safety.
  2. Not included, in the previous year (2019), in the Rectification List for Special Supervision of the Industrial Energy Conservation and Efficiency of Data Centres.

Candidates officially selected as National Green Data Centres will receive capital and industry support by the government through favourable policies. This means that National Green Data Centres will have more advantages compared to other actors in the sector, as well as more opportunities to develop in a more sustainable way. This also sends an important signal to foreign data companies in China to comply with higher energy efficiency standards while improving the reliability of their services.