10th Sino-German Working Group on Environment & Climate took place

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May 15, 2020

On May 7th, 2020, the 10th Sino-German Working Group Meeting on Environment and Climate took place in a virtual format. The Chinese side was represented by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Ministry of Commerce (MofCOM) and the National Energy Administration (NEA).  From German side, representatives of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) participated.

Dr. Kasten SACH, Director General of International, European and Climate Policy at BMU, as well as GUO Jing, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation at MEE, both highlighted the importance of the bilateral partnership as a main platform between China and Germany regarding the cooperation in the context of the environment and climate policy.

The political agreement on bilateral cooperation projects in the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) was one of the main issues discussed. The projects politically agreed on the cooperation between Germany and China on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation, the continuation of the Sino-German Climate Partnership and a long-standing cooperation on Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS), which will expand their focus on reducing industry-related N2O emissions. The start of the project implementation is foreseen before the end of 2020.

It was emphasized that the cooperation on environment and climate policy between Germany, the EU and China is of special importance for the success of international climate and bio-diversity cooperation. “Both countries show progress and face challenges, so mutual best practice exchange and learning is the goal,”, said CHEN Zhihua, Director of the Division of International Cooperation and Exchange at the Department of Climate Change of the MEE.

Regarding options for future bilateral cooperation, the strategic importance of the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) was highlighted and both sides agreed to develop a proposal for the next phase of the project, with the idea to explore the possibility of cooperation for the sustainable development of national park systems and natural protected area management. Furthermore, energy and green finance were discussed as important future cooperation areas in the context of climate policy and sustainable finance.

As the first virtual Sino-German Working Group Meeting, the discussion was deemed very fruitful, while both sides agreed that for even better communication the digital infrastructure should be improved.

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Project country
China
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE); National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China (NEA)
Implementation Partners
Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
Duration
09/2017 – 09/2020

Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combatting Climate Change and initiated this bilateral dialogue as "Sino-German Climate Partnership". The project has been established to support the cooperation between the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project starts in 2018 with close alignment to the restructuring at the Chinese government. In this phase, the project aims to advance the policy dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese partners domestically as well as within the international context of climate change. Part of the work will be supporting the development and implementation of China's medium- and long-term low-carbon development strategies, hence by supporting the Chinese government in strengthening the climate governance system. Domestically the SGCP project supports the policy dialogue on climate change (Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices, this includes strengthening capacities for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. On international level the SGCP project enhances the knowledge of both patterns about best practices in regard of climate policies and their implementation. For new cooperation topics identified by the Working Group on Climate Change, the project acts as an incubator for IKI development. As interface for information management, it serves a as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China, especially within the UNFCCC process.