Fourth session of National Energy Committee declares energy supply security a ‘strategic task’

climate
May 27, 2020

The National Energy Committee held its fourth session on 11 October 2019. Chaired by Prime Minister LI Keqiang, the announcements and decisions of this body carry great weight and communicate the political priorities for the following years. As such, these decisions will probably be reflected in the forthcoming 14th Five-Year Plan.

The Committee asserted that supply security is a strategic task for China. The energy generation structure is to be diversified, domestic oil and gas production and storage capacities are to be expanded and the continued development of renewable energy is to be safeguarded. The Committee also stated its intention to support ‘clean and efficient’ coal power.

The expected stronger emphasis of China’s energy policy on supply security is thought to be a result of increased dependence on imported fossil fuels and the ongoing trade conflict with the USA. Since the Committee made no concrete statement regarding future development goals for renewable energy, it remains to be seen which goals will be announced in the 14th Five Year Plan.

 

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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.