2019 Mayors Tour on Structural Change and Energy Transition

Dec 31, 2019

The 2019 Mayors Tour (GIZ’s 37th annual Mayor’s Tour) was successfully completed with 16 government officials and business leaders from Tianjin this year. Over the course of two weeks, the delegation visited several cities in the Ruhr area as well as Munich in the Southern part of Germany. They discussed the ongoing structural change, the energy transition towards renewable energies and climate change as well as its implications.

GIZ’s 37th annual Mayor’s Tour ©GIZ

In the Ruhr area, the delegation visited the European Green Capital Essen, the Innovation City Bottrop, the Logistic Hub Duisburg, and the Energy Pilot City Herten. Topics included strategies of structural change, the role of public participation in the scope of the Ruhr region’s structural transformation and promoting the use of renewable energy.

District Mayor of Tianjin, Mr. Jia meeting the Mayor of Bottrop, Mr. Bernd Tischler ©GIZ

In Herten, the delegation visited the hydrogen center and hydrogen filling station in Herten in the Ruhr area. In Munich, the delegation visited the city hall and attended several meetings with different city officials, where topics like the EU project on Smarter Together Munich, strengthening Fair Trade and restoration of Isar river and cooperation in bilateral research projects were discussed.

At last, Mr. Peter Sailer, Project Director of the SGUP and Mr. Daniel Vuong, Project Assistant of the Chinese Transport and Fuel Strategy gave a presentation on the progress of bicycle research in Europe and Germany. Read more in EN

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MoHURD)
Implementation Partners
Center for Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID); China Association of Mayors
05/2016 - 07/2020

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.