Beijing plans to hold carbon neutral Winter Olympics

climate
Dec 30, 2019

The organizing committee of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 has issued a notice for reducing GHG emissions where possible and for offsetting unavoidable emissions to make the Olympics carbon neutral.

The notice outlines the plan to build-low carbon venues, provide low-carbon transport, and invest in renewable energy projects to supply the Winter Olympics with 100% renewable energy. Unavoidable emissions will be “neutralized” through offsets that invest in carbon forestry projects in the host cities Beijing and Zhangjiakou. Moreover, the notice encourages the private sector involved in the Olympics to offset their emissions through purchases of either allowances from Beijing’s Emission Trading Scheme or credits from the Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCER) offset system. Read more in CN

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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.