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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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