Energy Efficiency Vital to Sustainable Urbanization: Eaton Holds Energy Evolution Symposium in Guangzhou

Date: June 13, 2012

GUANGZHOU… Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today hosted the “Energy Evolution: Achieving Sustainable Urbanization in China” symposium in Guangzhou to lead discussions with business, public-sector and academic leaders on energy efficiency, within the broad context of China’s increasing urbanization, and how they can work together to address the great energy challenges.

As one of the series of Energy Symposiums in China initiated by Eaton since 2011, “Energy Evolution: Achieving Sustainable Urbanization in China” symposium was designed to create a platform for Eaton and its key partners and stakeholders to exchange ideas on corporate social sustainability, energy efficiency and environment stewardship in order to achieve the common goal of sustainable development in China. The focus of this year’s series of symposiums, started in Beijing on June 6, was about energy efficiency and sustainability, while the topic of green mobility was featured during the Eaton energy symposium in 2011.

"The soaring urbanization trend in China has created huge demand for energy, and also brought unprecedented challenges to energy companies and industrial manufacturers like Eaton,” said Erbing Shang, president of Eaton in China, “It has become a consensus that we make concerted efforts to strive for maximum energy efficiency in order to make the urbanization and economic and social development more sustainable. As an industry leader in power management, Eaton is well positioned to partner with companies and organizations to make joint efforts to promote the innovative and energy-efficient technologies and solutions.”

Data centers account for about 40 percent % of the total energy consumption of global IT industry, and they also consume an estimated 1.3 percent of all electricity use in the world. In China, data centers consumed 70 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2011 -- 5 percent of all electricity use in the country. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information has required in the “Industrial Energy Saving Plan for 12th Five-Year Plan” that by 2015, data centers in China must reduce their power usage effectiveness (PUE) rate by 8 percent. Rising costs—and mounting interest in sustainability—are driving many organizations to seek more cost-effective solutions.

Eaton provides comprehensive grid-to-server “green computing” solutions, including uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), surge protective devices, switchgear, power distribution units, racks and thermal management systems.  Delivering up to 10 percent energy savings compared to older technologies, and 99.999 percent or better reliability, Eaton UPS systems are the technology of choice for data centers across the world—including one of the largest telecom data centers in Asia, operated by China Unicom. Eaton UPS systems are also employed by a wide range of customers—from medical centers and transportation hubs to entertainment venues—to safeguard equipment and ensure a continuous flow of electricity to critical operations beyond their data centers. 

Eaton began operations in China in 1993 and since then its presence has grown significantly in the region through acquisitions, joint ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries. In 2008, Eaton acquired Phoenixtec, a leading supplier of uninterruptible power supply (UPS), making Eaton the world’s second largest and China’s largest UPS supplier. Eaton now has 18 major manufacturing sites and four R&D centers in China.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power.  With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety.  Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit