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Energy-related emissions and coal capacity additions in China’s economic recovery

As reported in Issue 6, the National Energy Administration (NEA) eased its restrictions for provincial level approvals of new coal power plants through its “traffic light system”. This move prompted speculations that a surge of new coal power plants could ensue in conjunction with efforts to boost economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 […]

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The Chinese Spring Festival Travel Rush and the COVID-19 Crisis – Momentum for Widening the Scope of Sustainability in Transport Planning in the 14th FYP

The Chinese Spring Festival marks the beginning of a new year in the lunar calendar. It is known as China’s most celebrated holiday and a time for family reunification. The annual peak in travel associated with the lunar new year is the ultimate stress test for China’s transportation system. During chunyun (春运), translated as Spring Festival Transportation,  up to 3 billion domestic as well as international trips are made every year  within a period of about 40 days. […]

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Are Chinese trackless trams the best new thing to hit the road in your city?

The trackless tram combines the capabilities of traditional light rail with some of the advantages of buses. The key disadvantages of light rails are their operation rigidity and high investment costs for rail and catenary infrastructure. The trackless tram is running on rubber tires on normal asphalt roads and thus does not require rail infrastructure. While this technically puts them closer to urban buses, trackless trams still provide large capacity – 300 to up to 500 passengers. (Trackless Tram in the city of Zhuzhou, […]

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Recent changes to New Energy Vehicle (NEV) incentive policies in China

(NEV sales China 2017-2020 and YoY growth rate of NEV sales China; Copyright: MIIT) During the Executive Meeting of the State Council on March 31, 2020, the Chinese government decided to extend current purchasing subsidies and NEV purchase tax exemptions in order to stimulate vehicle purchases in China. This comes at a time when the […]

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Climate Risk and Resilience
Jul 15, 2020

Launch of the Climate Risk and Resilience Project

Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), the CRR Project is a developpp project in cooperation with the private partner Swiss Re. The project aims to enhance the climate resilience of China’s urban centers and their rural surroundings in order to reduce […]

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Summary of SGUP activities in 2019

In 2019, SGUP organized and participated in activities with its partners focusing on the following four key topics: Plus Energy in Buildings and Quarters: SGUP co-organized the Plus Energy Building Workshop with BRDCBEE and BUCC. The workshop focused on cases and policies regarding plus-energy buildings in Germany and provided suggestions for the development of China’s […]

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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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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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China to speed up establishment of legal and policy system for green production and consumption

On 11 March, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China jointly issued the document ‘Opinions on Speeding up the Establishment of a Legal and Policy System for Green Production and Consumption’, which aims to improve current laws and regulations, and facilitate green production and […]

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