Nov 17, 2020

On November 17, 2020, with the support from GIZ, Aii hosted the Fashion Industry Green Forum & 2020 CbD Award Ceremony. It was the first time that the CbD award event was held online. There were 71 attendees in total, including 37 representatives from 23 suppliers (manufacturers, traders), 22 representatives from 12 global brands and retailers, and eight representatives from industry organizations and partners.

GIZ delivered the opening speech on behalf of the meeting organizer, highlighted that GIZ is working to accelerate sustainability in China, and tightly collaborate with Aii in green programs including CbD and others. Mr. Lewis Perkins, President of Aii, gave a welcome speech as the meeting co-organizer.

The green forum was carried out with the below topics, delivered by special guests invited from several top professional organizations within the sustainability scope:

  • Keynote 1: Introduction of Textile Industrial Green Supply Chain Index / By CCIID guest
  • Keynote 2: Trend of Fashion Industry Green Transformation and SBTi / By WRI AR guest
  • Keynote 3: The New Green Standard for Fashion Industry / By CNTAC guest
  • Keynote 4: Carbon Neutral Need Supply Chain Actions / By IPE guest

The event also held an online award ceremony for 24 mills that successfully completed the 2018 Wave II program. All attendees witnessed their program achievements. Aii issued the certificates to the representatives of these mills who received CbD Excellence Award (11 mills) and CbD Participation Award (13 mills). Despite the special circumstances of 2020, lots of mills continued their pursuit of green development and adhered to engaging in energy saving, water saving, and carbon reduction. Most Aii brand partners continued to attach great value to the supply chain improvement opportunities offered by CbD.

Four representatives from CbD participating mills shared their best practices and programs, achievements and difficulties faced including common concerns, support needed, and future plans at the meeting. Two international brand representatives shared their visions in brand sustainability efforts, the importance and need for suppliers to improve resource utilization, carbon efficiency, and reduce pollution through CbD – a designated mill impact program.

Photo Credit: GIZ

Supporting the Low Carbon Development of Jiangsu Province Phase III

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province
01/2019 - 02/2023

China’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) at a peaking of CO2 emissions until 2030, reducing the emission intensity of its economy (CO2 emissions per unit of GDP) by 60% to 65% compared to 2005-levels and increasing the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% in the same time frame.

On its path towards these goals, China needs ambitious provinces like Jiangsu which is a role model in driving low carbon development forward by aspiring to reach its carbon peak 5-10 years earlier. Furthermore, within the framework of the 13th Five-Year-Plan (FYP, 2016-2020) Jiangsu targets a reduction of carbon intensity 5-8% higher than the average national target. Further goals for reducing energy intensity (national target 15%, Jiangsu 18%) and carbon intensity (national target 18%, Jiangsu 19%) show Jiangsu’s ambitions.

Jiangsu province is highly industrialized and one of the most developed provinces in China; its population is comparable to Germany’s and its economic power comparable to the one of Switzerland.

The project supports its Chinese partners in enabling the transformation towards a low carbon economy, which is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advances reaching the goals of the 13th / 14th FYP (2016-2020 / 2021-2025) of Jiangsu province as well as the early peaking of its CO2 emissions. At the local level, activities built on lessons learned during the previous project phases I and II. Supported by the provincial government, a sustainable network that persists beyond the duration of the project, will be established. It facilitates a long-term exchange between German and Chinese actors from industry, academia and politics as well as the discourse on coal phase-out. The project and the network will achieve sustainable capacity development through the introduction of methodological knowledge on how to build and manage knowledge networks and how to ensure financing. Furthermore, the necessary technical expertise required by stakeholders of the network will be provided. Results, best practices and proven impacts will contribute to the national and international dialogue on climate change.

In order to stabilize results of three project phases and to ensure the sustainability of knowledge transfer and capacity building regarding low carbon development, a permanent network structure will be created in the final phase of the project. The project will build capacity to enable network stakeholders to sustainably manage and finance the network. In addition, train-the-trainer programs are being established in the areas of climate protection and low carbon development, which are offered and implemented by the network stakeholders after the end of the project.

In the long-term, strengthened individual and institutional capacities will contribute to integrated planning of climate protection measures at local and provincial levels. By developing and establishing a sustainable structure to safeguard knowledge and capacity regarding low carbon development, the measures implemented as well as the project inputs will have an enduring impact and will support Jiangsu's climate strategies, and serve to achieve China’s NDC as well as the 2030 Agenda.