In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.
As Project Director, Peter is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating project activities, as well as maintaining a constant flow of communication between German and Chinese ministries and with SGUP’s wide range of partner institutions. His main focus is on the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water management. Peter has extensive experience working in the urbanisation field in both Germany and China. Before joining the SGUP project in Beijing, he served as an urban planner and consultant in the field of sustainable development for various German and Chinese firms, working on areas such as strategy design, landscape planning, heat and power supply, concept development, and project management. Peter’s academic background includes a master’s degree on Urban and Regional Planning from TU Berlin, where he focused on Environmental Law and International Urban Development Studies. He went on to pursue a master in business administration with a focus on International Real Estate Management from the Biberach University of Applied Science, Germany.