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

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.

Enhancing Climate Finance for Accelerating the Low-Carbon Transition

On 13 May 2024, more than 120 participants from the government, financial institutions, companies, academia, and think tanks attended the Subforum on Climate Investment and Finance for Accelerating Urban Transition in Beijing, to share their insights on global trends, international experiences and China’s innovative practices on climate finance.

Kicking off the Workshop Series on Sino-German Expert Dialogues on Sustainable Finance

On 14 March 2024, more than 40 Chinese and German experts, practitioners, and policy makers discussed technical approaches on how to make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. The high-level participants included financial regulators, commercial and development banks, rating agencies, academia, global initiatives and think tanks

Workshop strengthens Gender Mainstreaming within IKI Projects

Mainstreaming gender practices and gender justice has become a key aspect of project implementation. The German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), has recognized gender justice as a central element to address the nexus between climate change, biodiversity loss, and gender. To further strengthen the implementation of gender mainstreaming within IKI Projects in China, speakers from the IKI Office, the research institute Chatham House, and GIZ’S IKI projects held an exchange on its relevance in a Gender Capacity Building Workshop on 29 February 2024. 

Kick-off Workshop of Urban-Act China Component held in Beijing

GIZ successfully conducted its kick-off workshop of the Urban-Act Project China Component on January 25, 2024, in Beijing. The event was attended by over 50 participants from the German Embassy Beijing, GIZ East Asia, GIZ Urban-Act Thailand Component, GIZ Urban-Act Philippines Component, GIZ Urban-Act Indonesia Component, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and Chinese partners at national and city levels.

Actors from the Climate and Environment Community have been Networking in Beijing

Right after COP28, as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Government, GIZ East Asia hosted a “Networking Workshop for Climate & Environment Cooperation with China” on 14 December 2023. The workshop brought together different actors of the climate and environment community in Beijing to foster networking and exchange.

News

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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China issued Plan to Digitalise the Governance of Natural Resources

On 5 February 2024, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued the “Overall Plan for Enhancing the Digital Governance Capability of Natural Resources”. It supports the utilisation of new information technologies such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, etc. to build “one network, one map, and national spatial basic information platform” for natural resources.

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China’s State Council Released the Interim Regulations on Carbon Emissions Trading Management

The State Council of China has released the first legal framework for carbon market governance. The new regulatory framework provides clearer and stricter guidelines compared to previous rules, including penalties for falsification of emissions data and institutional support for a functional operation of China’s Emission Trading System (China ETS). The new regulations will take effect from May 1st, 2024.

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New Policy Supports the Integration of new Energy Vehicles into the Power Grid

In January, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in collaboration with the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), released implementation guidelines to enhance the integration of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) into the power grid. This policy aims to establish a bidirectional vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system based on charging and swapping facilities, utilising the flexibility of EV batteries as controllable loads or mobile storage.

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China’s installed solar capacity rises 55.2% in 2023

Data released by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) on January 26 showed that the country’s solar power generation capacity grew by a staggering 55.2% in 2023. The numbers highlight that over 216 GW of solar power have been added during 2023, which equals 14% of the world’s total installed solar PV capacity.

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China aims at establishing a Coal Power Capacity Pricing Mechanism

On 8 November 2023, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) issued a policy on establishing a coal power capacity pricing mechanism. The policy proposes adjusting the current single pricing of coal-fired power to a two-part pricing system, comprising capacity pricing and electricity pricing.

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