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8th International Pre-fabricated Building Forum and Exhibition

April 19-20, 2019, guided by Jiangsu Province Construction Industry Modernization and Innovation Alliance (JCMA), sponsored by prefabricated construction network and Nantong Sanjian, jointly supported by Jiangsu Provincial Housing and Housing Industry Housing Industry Promotion Center, China Architecture Association, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), German Federal Association of Building Systems and various well-known assembly companies in […]

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Press Conference for Jiangsu Low Carbon Development Report 2017-2018

On June 19, 2019, the 7th National Low Carbon Day with the theme of “Low Carbon and Clean Air”, Jiangsu Provincial Government held the press conference for Jiangsu Low Carbon Development Report 2017-2018. This annual report has been published since 2012, and GIZ Jiangsu Project supported the first publication. The year of 2019 is the […]

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Auction of 2 million CO2 allowances for companies with a carbon permit deficit in Tianjin

June 19, 2019 – The city of Tianjin will auction 2 million CO2 allowances on June 27. The auction will only be open to companies that finished 2018 with a deficit of carbon permits and companies cannot purchase more allowances than required to fulfill their 2018 compliance obligation. Despite the auction, there seems to be […]

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Publication on energy concepts and trainings on low-carbon heating

The Sino-German Climate Partnership’s energy component has finalized publications on integrated energy concepts, which were developed by Chinese and German experts for the cities of Dunhuang (Gansu Province), Xintai (Shandong Province) and Jiaxing-Xiuzhou (Zhejiang Province) in the previous project phase. The concepts identified and analyzed each city’s specific geographic characteristics and renewable energy potential and […]

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MEE rolls out process to create a list of power plants that will be included in the national ETS

May 27, 2019 – The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a notice on the process of producing a list of power plants (incl. captive power plants) that will be included in the national ETS. The list is a major step towards the creation of a national emissions trading market. On the provincial level, […]

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Three renewable energy policies under preparation in 2019

Price competition for wind and solar PV will include tenders/auctions and spot power markets. In 2019, China will focus on three major renewable policies, implementing nationwide tenders for subsidized projects, scaling up subsidies for wind and solar PV projects, and facilitating renewable energy in various power markets that are currently under development. Policymakers are now […]

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China’s coal consumption dropped under 60% of the energy mix for the first time

In 2018, coal accounted for 59% of China’s total energy consumption. For the first time, coal has accounted for less than 60% of primary energy mix in China. With this development, China is confident to reach its 13th Five-Year Plan goal of reducing coal to under 58% of total energy consumption in 2020. As the […]

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MEE published Draft Interim Regulation for ETS

On the 29th of March 2019, the MEE initiated a public consultation on the draft Interim Regulations on the Management of Carbon Emissions Trading It is the first official document on China’s national ETS since its official launch in Dec. 2017. The following is an outline of the main takeaways from the draft: • The […]

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Supporting the Low Carbon Development of Jiangsu Province Phase III

Initial Situation China’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) at a peaking of CO2 emissions until 2030, reducing the emission intensity of its economy (CO2 emissions per unit of GDP) by 60% to 65% compared to 2005-levels and increasing the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% in the same time frame. On […]

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Series of Green and Low Carbon Development Trainings

Being part of a series of Green and Low Carbon Development Training Courses with the aim to spread the outreach of the Jiangsu project and elevate the concepts of integrated energy for the industry and building sector, a workshop in cooperation with Jiangsu DRC was held on 07th December 2018. Prior workshops were held in […]

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China publishes annual climate report – 2020 carbon intensity target achieved early

At a press conference on November 27th, Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate change, presented the results of the government’s annual report “China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change (2018)”. At the end of 2017, China’s carbon emission per unit of GDP has decreased by about 46% compared to 2005. That means that […]

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Financial Support for Green Industry Development Workshop

Financial issues are believed to be one of the key factors determining the development of green industries including renewable energy. Since the Yancheng Government is developing its green industry, GIZ Jiangsu project together with Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange Center organized a workshop on the topic of financial support for green industries. Experts from the […]

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Status and Prospect of Hydrogen Economy

Together with the United Nations Development Programme, Tsinghua University, Changzhou DRC and Nanjing University, GIZ held a workshop on the Status and Prospect of Hydrogen Economy in Changzhou located in Jiangsu Province. Green hydrogen production from (excessive) wind power is developing very fast in Germany and other countries. Being already in use in Yancheng, it […]

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Carbon market development at the 12th China New Energy International Forum

A panel discussion on carbon market development took place at the 12th China New Energy International Forum. The panel featured three members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, Mr. Yvo Belet, Mr. Bas Eickhout and Mr. Seb Dance, as well as Ms. Deanna Easton, Australian Embassy, Mr. Dai Yande from Low Carbon Alliance, […]

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Oct 31, 2018

MEE – DCC Official response to IPCC 1.5 degrees report: more action is needed

Li Gao, the head of China’s climate change department (DCC) under the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE), issued the first official response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 1.5 degrees special report at a press conference. According to MEE’s Weibo account, Li Gao said that the report findings demonstrate the urgency of […]

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MEE confirms responsibility for ETS

October 10, 2018 – The newly established Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published a detailed organisational plan of its Department of Climate Change (DCC), explicitly mentioning ETS as part of its responsibilities. The Division of Domestic Policy and Compliance – that now also has a second name added in brackets: Division for Carbon Emissions […]

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Beijing Climate Talk on NDC implementation structure and donors’ engagement

On 12th October 2018, the Beijing Climate Talk took place at the Beijing Kerry Center. The event was co-organized by GIZ China, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Energy Foundation. Over 20 climate leaders from research institutes, NGOs, embassies, and governmental agencies participated in this meeting. They shared valuable experiences and exchanged ideas on their understanding of the […]

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IPCC Report highlights role of carbon pricing to achieve 1.5 degree target

October 08, 2018 – According to the new scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level could stave off the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. Human activities are estimated to have caused 1 degree Celsius global warming already, […]

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Hebei plans to develop provincial voluntary offset market

September 25, 2018 – The Hebei Development and Reform Commission (DRC) announced in its “Puhui Certified Emissions Reduction Pilot Working Plan” that it will launch a voluntary offset market in five provincial cities by the end of 2018. The five cities are Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Cangzhou, Zhangjiakou and Chengde. The document further notes that the offset […]

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Ministry of Ecology and Environment holds extensive ETS training event

September 05, 2018 – The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) organised an extensive training event with about 200 participants to strengthen the state-owned electricity generation companies’ capability to participate in the further development of national ETS as stipulated in the “National ETS Work Plan for the Power Sector”. Apart from the state-owned power generation […]

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Guangdong Province pauses its local offset mechanism

August 30, 2018 – The Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission announced that until further notice it will not approve any applications for more credit issuances in its provincial offset mechanism called Pu Hui Certified Emission Reduction (PHCER). The Guangdong government aims to evaluate the current mechanism before the authorities restart to approve further applications. […]

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The EU and China renew their cooperation on ETS

July 17, 2018 – During the 20th EU-China summit, Brussels and Beijing signed a strategic partnership including a renewed commitment to carbon market cooperation, while the joint statement of the summit also mentioned the recently launched second phase of the EU-China ETS cooperation project. Some commentators saw these steps as a further sign of China’s […]

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Shanghai will hold additional auction for ETS compliance

July 16, 2018 – Shanghai announced that it will offer 2 million carbon allowances in an additional auction on July 31. The goal of this auction is to help emitters comply with the ETS after shortages of certificate supply. The auctioning will be limited to ETS participants and the allowances bought must be used for […]

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A new CO2 growth cap in Shanghai and new regulations across China

June 11, 2018 – The government of Shanghai announced a new at 5.15 million tonnes cap on CO2 emission growth, thereby setting the target significantly lower than the 5.8 million tonnes cap in 2017. The cap is furthermore the lowest since the city introduced the caps, which are based on the annual carbon intensity reduction […]

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Nanshan district of Shenzhen pays companies for saved CO2 permits

May 24, 2018 – The council in Nanshan district in the city of Shenzhen has extended a funding scheme for local emitters, paying them if emission allowances remain unused. The emitters receive funding of up to 300.000 yuan (ca. 40.000 Euro) based on how many certificates are not used when complying with the city’s pilot […]

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Chinese Offset Registry handed over to Beijing Exchange

May 8, 2018 – The central government has decided to hand over the responsibility of running the nation’s offset registry to the Beijing Environment Exchange, after looking for an appropriate institution for over a year. The Registry has been overseen by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) in the meantime. […]

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China’s Energy Intensity declines further in the first quarter of 2018

April 30, 2018 – In the first quarter of the year, the energy intensity of China’s GDP has declined by 3.2 percent, as reported by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics. Thereby the current development is continuing to outpace the national target of 3 percent average annual reduction. At the same time, the share of […]

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The European Union and China launch the second Phase of ETS Cooperation

April 25, 2018 – The European Union and China officially launched the three-year long second phase of their emissions trading co-operation programme. In this programme, the EU provides funding amounting to €10 million in an effort to help the world’s top emitting nation to develop and launch its national cap-and-trade system. The first phase, which […]

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China’s State Council approves ETS allocation plan

April 19, 2018 – The State Council of China has approved an allocation plan for the trial emissions trading system for the power sector. Although specific details are not yet available, this step is seen as a milestone in the development of the national ETS, as experiences from the trial are going to play an […]

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Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Fujian, Tianjin and Sichuan Published Key Emitters List and are Requesting Emissions Data Collection as well as Monitoring Plans

According to the “Notice of Emissions Data Collection for the year of 2016 and 2017, and Monitoring Plan Submission (发改办气候〔2017〕1989号)” published last December, the following regions have published their list of key emitters, referring to entities who emitted 260 thousand tons CO2e per year in one of the periods from 2013 to 2017 and are […]

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China announces Government reshuffle, vows to stick to ETS and meets Copenhagen climate target early

27 March 2018 – China recently announced that the Climate Change Office will be moved away from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to a newly created Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate issues, stated on the Green Carbon Development Summit on the 24th of March that […]

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IETA study: Reputation of ETS depends on China’s success

May 24, 2018 – According to IETA’s annual GHG Market Sentiment survey, 71% of respondents think that the reputation of emission trading could be impacted if the Chinese ETS is not seen as a success by the international community. The survey, which was carried out by PwC with over 100 representatives from IETA members, furthermore […]

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NPC Delegates call for a fast launch of the ETS

15 March 2018. Beijing, PR China – Delegates from the Chinese National People’s Congress asked the government to speed up the implementation of the national emissions trading scheme. They furthermore proposed to merge it with the planned energy consumption trading system in order to reduce administrative costs for companies that have to comply with both. […]

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China to move the climate change to new Ecology and Environment Ministry

14 March 2018 – The Chinese Government announced that the topics of climate change and emission reduction, which are currently with the NDRC, will be moved to the newly created Ecological Environment Ministry. The new ministry will be based on the Ministry for Environmental Protection (MEP), but has been strengthened by a range of new […]

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Shanghai DRC requests Enterprises Covered by Shanghai Pilot ETS to Submit Emissions Reports for 2017

9 March 2018 – Shanghai DRC issued a notification requesting all enterprises covered by the Shanghai pilot ETS to submit their emissions reports for the year of 2017 before 31st of March. The list of enterprises equals the 2016 version. http://www.shdrc.gov.cn/xxgk/cxxxgk/33294.htm

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First offset issuance of 2018 completed in Guangdong

First offset issuance of 2018 completed in Guangdong May 8, 2018 – The government of Guangdong province has issued 61.000 carbon credits this week, the first ones issued since July of last year. The PHCERs were issued to two forestry projects and will be auctioned by the China Emission Exchange in Guangdong on May 10 […]

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Hainan Province published 13th Five Year Plan on GHG Emissions Control and Prepares for Participation in the National ETS

24 February 2018 – Hainan Province People’s Government published the 13th Five Year Plan on GHG emissions control. It targeted to decrease CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 12% compared to 2015 levels and to peak emissions before 2030. The plan also emphasizes preparation work for the participation in the national ETS e.g., establishment […]

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China Beijing Environment Exchange published “Annual Report of Beijing Carbon Market 2017”

11 February 2018 – The CBEEX published its annual market report for the Beijing pilot ETS. According to the report, 7.53 million tons of allowances have been traded in 2017 with a value of CNY 0.236 billion. Among it, 2.47 million tons were traded at the exchange with a value of CNY 123 million; 5.05 […]

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Shanghai DRC published List of Key Emitters for 2016 and 2017

25 January 2018 – The Shanghai DRC published a list of key emitters covered by the national ETS for the summation of emissions reports and monitoring plans for the years 2016 and 2017. In line with the official national monitoring plans published by NDRC last month, 58 key emitters from 5 sectors (petrochemicals, chemical, power, […]

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Beijing published List of Key Emitters and Reporting Entities for 2017

24 January 2018 – The Beijing DRC published a list of Key Emitters and Reporting Entities for the year 2017. Key emitters include entities with direct and indirect CO2 emissions of more than (including) 5000 tons per year for fixed and mobile facilities that are registered and located in Beijing. In total 943 key emitters, […]

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Hubei Province published Allowance Allocation Plan for 2017

Hubei Province published Allowance Allocation Plan for 2017 16 January 2018 – The Hubei Development and Reform Commission (DRC) published the 2017 allowance allocation plan for its pilot ETS. Hubei will issue 257 million permits to cover 2017 emissions, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2016. At the same time, the covered entities have increased […]

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