Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Energy-efficient buildings in China: Standards and financing mechanisms

Regulatory policy From the first Chinese Design Standards for Civil Buildings in 1986 to the recently released National Standard of Green Buildings Assessment, policy on energy efficiency and carbon emissions of buildings, including the retrofitting of old ones and the construction of new ones, has undergone significant changes in China during the past decades. In […]

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The effects of COVID-19 on China’s coal sector

Alvin Lin – Climate and Energy Policy Director, China Program, NRDC What effects is the current COVID-19 situation having on the coal sector in China? Alvin Lin: Let me take a step back. In the first quarter of this year, we saw a 6.8% drop in GDP in China, and electricity consumption also fell by […]

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Developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs)

Municipalities are a central field of action for combating climate change and the transition to an ecologically sound, low-carbon energy system. In China and worldwide, most people live in cities and they are the level on which most climate and energy measures ultimately are implemented. What is particularly challenging to administrations and policymakers is that climate action is a cross-cutting task that affects all policy areas. Therefore, this kind of transformation requires an overarching plan. Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) represent such a plan and form a cornerstone of municipal climate action and energy transition in Germany and Europe.

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Background and translation of German Municipal Directive

Since 2008, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has started to promote climate protection on city level through the Municipal Directive. This is the most important national climate protection project in Germany. From 2008 to the end of 2018, about 14,400 projects in more than 3450 towns received a total of about 600 million euros in funding. These public funds drove an additional investment of about one billion euros.

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The impact of COVID-19 on emissions in China

Every year, the Chinese New Year holiday has a significant short-term impact on energy demand, industrial output and emissions in China, as most shops and industries wind down and the country comes to a temporary standstill. This year, however, this standstill was prolonged by the outbreak of COVID-19, with a virtually unprecedented impact on economic […]

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Workshop with the National Bureau of Statistics on experiences with the German energy statistics system

Jan 14, 2020Jan 14, 2020
Beijing

Workshop on energy statistics systems in China and Germany. Copyright: GIZ Together with leading German experts, the Sino-German Climate Partnership’s energy component held a workshop on energy statistics systems, which are a crucial condition for successful policy-making in the energy sector. When people think about the energy transition, few consider the importance of energy statistics […]

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National Energy Administration loosens restrictions for provinces’ licences for new coal-fired power plants

Coal power plant (Copyright: Shutterstock/Kodda)   With the release of its annual coal early warning system in February, China’s energy authority NEA has signalled increased scope for licencing new coal-fired power plants. On 26 February 2020, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) published its ‘Circular on 2023 risk and early warning for coal power planning and […]

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Planning Workshop on Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change

Nov 20, 2019Nov 20, 2019
Beijing

On 20 November 2019, the project organised a Planning Workshop together with the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation to support NDC implementation in China. The workshop was attended by over 30 climate experts from leading research institutes, universities, consulting companies in China and German experts from the New Climate Institute and […]

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Strengthening Sino-German Ties in Driving Sustainable Global Growth

Dec 2, 2019Dec 2, 2019
Beijing

On 2 December 2019, the project co-organised a roundtable discussion on the topic of sustainable finance together with the OMFIF and the DZ Bank. Around 25 high-level representatives from major financial institutions, banks and universities from China and Germany gathered in Beijing to discuss the importance of stepping up bilateral cooperation between China and Germany […]

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