Climate Cooperation China
On behalf of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)
Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change

About Us

With China’s pledge of peaking carbon emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2060, the country is demonstrating an increased determination to a profound low-carbon transformation of its economy and society. The Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change is supported by the German Federal Government through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

To facilitate the Sino-German policy dialogue on climate change and to accelerate climate action in these two countries, the Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change provides a knowledge-sharing platform for technical exchange among stakeholders. It was established to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned and to raise climate ambition among stakeholders in their decarbonisation pathways.

Our work focuses on the following areas:

  • Climate Policy on Mitigation, Adaptation, Transparency
  • Trilateral Cooperation on Climate Change
  • Regional Cooperation on NDC Implementation with Several Chinese Provinces
  • Industrial Decarbonization
  • Carbon Markets
  • Sustainable Finance, Climate Finance
  • Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment
  • Non-CO₂ Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Activities

COPA Global representative visited China and exchanged with key partners

A representative from the Climate and Ozone Protection Alliance (COPA) Global, Ms. Malin Emmerich, visited China from April 7th to 13th, 2024. It was her second visit after the one in 2023 together with project director Ms. Ellen Michel. Her itinerary included a series of key engagements to support COPA in China, starting with the participation in the China Refrigeration Expo (CRH2024), where she attended sessions on green and low-carbon refrigeration technology and best practices in the service sector. At the event she introduced COPA’s activities in China to the audience. Subsequently, a meeting with UNDP China was held in Beijing, furthering the Alliance’s collaborative efforts.

NDC Implementation project enhances climate action at subnational level

In the past two years, the NDCI project has collaborated with Shandong province and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on policy comparison and economic and energy modeling. Following the approval of a project extension, the German and Chinese governments agreed that the NDCI project should work with eight provinces over the next two years. These provinces are Anhui, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shandong, and Sichuan.

Joint Success: First in-person visit of the Urban-Act Chinese delegation at regional training and exchange in Bangkok

The visit of a group of Chinese academics and experts to Bangkok from 12 to 14 June 2024 marked the first in-person visit by the Chinese partners involved in the Urban-Act project since its inception in 2022. The delegation comprised academic and technical experts from Tongji University, the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Shanghai Urban Planning & Design Research Institute (SUPDRI), and the National Climate Center (NCC) of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

Sino-German Track 2 Dialogue in Shanghai Advances Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals

The 8th Sino-German Track 2 Dialogue on Climate Change and Sustainable Development convened at Fudan University in Shanghai from 27 to 28 May 2024, co-hosted by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Chinese National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), and supported by GIZ. This significant event gathered prominent experts from China and Germany to address urgent global climate challenges. UBA President Prof Dirk Messner and NCSC Director-General Xu Huaqing jointly moderated the dialogue.

Sino-German Dialogue on Sustainable Financial Products and Practices – Workshop on Sustainable Debt Instruments

Following the successful kick-off in March, more than 20 Chinese and German representatives and practitioners from financial institutions and experts in sustainable finance gathered in Beijing on 29 May for the first workshop of the Sino-German Expert Dialogues Series on Sustainable Finance Products and Practices. Hosted by the GIZ and supported by the Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS) and Climate & Company, the hybrid workshop focused on the pivotal role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the green transformation and sustainable debt-based financial instruments.

Sino-German Exchange Meeting on EU Carbon Accounting and Carbon Footprint in Huzhou

In order to support financial institutions and real economy sectors to achieve their development goals of a green and low-carbon transition path and to facilitate climate-resilient investment and financing in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, there is a growing need for local enterprises and financial institutions in Chinese cities to improve their understanding of the international policy framework for carbon accounting and to strengthen their capacity to conduct carbon emission accounting and sustainability information disclosure, especially for regions with international trade links.

News

NDRC Publishes Power Market Operation Rules

On 14 May 2024, the NDRC published the Basic Rules for Power Market Operation. This marks the first revision of these rules in 19 years. The new market operation rules are a comprehensive package divided into eleven chapters and 45 articles, and define significant changes compared to the 2005 version. The new electricity market operation rules came into effect on 1 July 2024 and aim to improve various aspects of market design and operation.

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Progress Report on China’s Climate Change Adaptation (2023)

To make a first assessment on the implementation of the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change 2035, China’s Ministry of Ecology and the Environment (MEE) issued a progress report on China’s climate change adaptation on June 2, which systematically summarizes the achievements of China’s adaptation to climate change since 2022.

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Guidelines for Constructing Resilient Cities and Improving Public Infrastructure for Routine and Emergency Scenarios

The “Guidelines for Resilient Urban Planning and Land Policy with Integrated Dual-use (Routine-Emergency) Functions” require full play to the strategic guidance and rigid constraint role of national spatial planning in the construction of resilient cities, the improvement of public infrastructure for both Routine-Emergency use, to create livable, resilient, and smart cities.

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Action Plan for Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction in the Cement Industry

With its action plan, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) aims to provide guidance to China’s cement sector for achieving energy savings and carbon reduction. The main goals of the plan are to keep cement clinker production capacity at about 1.8 billion tons and to support the entire industry to comply with rules under an efficiency benchmark. The energy intensity of cement clinker production is targeted to decrease by 3.7% compared with 2020, thereby saving 5 million tons of standard coal and 13 million tons of CO2 by 2025.

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Establishment of Carbon Footprint Management System

China’s Ministry of Ecology and the Environment (MEE) issued a program for a carbon footprint management system to develop low-carbon supply chains. This program of MEE is the first national-level policy to establish a domestic carbon footprint management system. The target of the program is the establishment of a general standard for product carbon footprint (PCF) accounting with international standards. It will define about 100 carbon footprint accounting standards for key products until 2027 and 200 until 2030.

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China Issues Action Plan for Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction (2024-2025)

China’s State Council issued a 2024-2025 action plan for energy saving and carbon reduction. Goals include cutting energy consumption by 2.5% and CO2 intensity by 3.9% in 2024 while increasing non-fossil energy usage to 18.9% in 2024 and 20% in 2025. The plan projects a reduction of approximately 50 Mt of standard coal and a decrease in emissions by around 130 Mt of CO2. Measures involve strict coal consumption controls, the promotion of new energy vehicles, and enhanced energy efficiency in industries such as steel, petrochemicals, non-ferrous metals, building materials, architecture, transportation and public institutions.

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China’s Central Committee and State Council issued “The Opinions on Strengthening Ecological Environment Zoning and Control”

The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council issued “The Opinions on Strengthening Ecological Environment Zoning and Control” (hereinafter referred to as the Opinions) on March 17th.  It states that ecological environment zoning and control is an important measure to enhance the modernization of ecological environment governance,  to ensure ecological functions and improve environmental quality.

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China’s State Council launches Action Programme for large-scale Equipment Renewal and Consumer Goods Replacement

On 7 March 2024, the State Council introduced the Action Programme aimed at driving Large-scale Equipment Renewal and Consumer Goods Replacement (hereinafter referred to as the Action Programme). By 2027, the program envisages a more than 25% increase in investment scale across various sectors including industry, agriculture, construction, transportation, education, culture, tourism, and medical care compared to 2023.

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Accelerating the Establishment of a Waste Recycling System

The General Office of the State Council issued the Opinions on Accelerating the Establishment of a Waste Recycling System on 6 February 2024, which emphasize the importance of resource recycling and reuse.  In this new policy, more quantitative targets are proposed, which provide clear indicators of policy implementation effectiveness. The new Opinions also expand the scope of waste categories to encompass agricultural waste and bulk solid waste, propose additional pathways for resource utilization and introduce the idea of ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’. In addition, the Opinions propose to integrate other countries’ relevant regulations and standards.

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