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Membership in the China Clean Transportation Partnership (CCTP)

The IKI-projects Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) and NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) have become members of the China Clean Transportation Partnership (CCTP). CCTP is a non-governmental, non-profit and voluntary platform formed by leading institutions in the field of transport, energy and climate-policy. CCTP aims to promote innovation in clean transport, and […]

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MEE Released Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial), Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector and GHG Emission Reporting Working Notice

On March 29 and 30, 2021, the MEE released the “Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial)” as well as the “Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector” respectively. Compared to the previous draft, the final Verification Guideline tightens the criteria for companies that might be exempted from on-site investigations; this should […]

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Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Released Updated Draft Ordinance of Chinese Carbon Emission Trading

On March 30, 2021, the MEE released an updated draft of the national emissions trading system (ETS) Ordinance for public comments by April 30, 2021. Compared with the existing “Administrative Measure for National ETS (Trial)” issued by MEE, the Ordinance will be approved and released by the State Council and have higher legal effectiveness. The […]

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Carbon neutral bonds, as a type of green bonds, support China’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060

China International Capital Corporation acted as the lead underwriter for China’s first “carbon neutral” green financial bond issued by China Development Bank (CDB), China’s top policy bank. This 3-year bond, with an issuance size of CNY 20bn and a coupon rate of 3.07%, was offered to global investors through the Bond Connect scheme on March […]

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Volkswagen’s Roadmap to Becoming CO2-neutral

Alongside a number of other companies, the Volkswagen Group (VW) has set a target for achieving climate neutrality. Volkswagen aims to become a carbon neutral group by 2050 and has set interim targets for the years 2025 and 2030. By 2025 Volkswagen seeks to reduce carbon emissions of cars as well as light commercial vehicles […]

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Illegal CFC emissions in China have stopped

According to two recently published peer-reviewed articles emissions of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), a potent ozone depleting substance banned under the Montreal Protocol since 2010, have since 2018 started to decline at a rate closer to the one expected if the Protocol was fully adhered to. These findings indicate a reversal from previously documented higher than expected […]

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14th Five-Year Plan outline sets framework for the next five years of China’s energy transition, detailed sectoral and provincial plans will follow

On March 5, 2021, China’s government published the main outlines of the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2021-2025). For the energy sector, it includes a target to improve energy intensity of GDP by 13.5% and carbon intensity by 18%. The plan also calls for non-fossil energy to provide 20% of primary energy consumption, compared to the […]

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Preparation of an innovative digital training format for the Sino-German Mayors’ Program 2021

As part of this year’s Sino-German Mayors Program 2021, which will take place semi-virtually due to the global pandemic, the SGUP project is currently preparing a digital training format for May 2021. The aim is to educate Chinese participants on sustainable urbanization through video lectures by selected experts and film portraits of German cities. For […]

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Lawmakers Commented on the Current Stage of China’s ETS

During the “Two Sessions” of China this March, deputies and members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have commented on the national ETS. Overall, they suggested that 1) the national ETS should have trading activities as soon as possible, 2) relevant system construction of the national ETS needs […]

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Xie Zhenhua returns as China’s new special envoy on climate issues

On February 25, with the approval of the central government, Mr. Xie Zhenhua was appointed China’s Special Envoy for Climate Change Affairs. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) has set up a special office for climate change affairs under the MEE Vice Minister to provide support for Mr. Xie Zhenhua in fulfilling his duties […]

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Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Released Administrative Measure for National ETS (Trial)

On January 05, 2021, the MEE released the interim administrative measure for the national ETS of China, which came into force on February 01, 2021. According to the trial measure, the MEE is responsible for constructing the national ETS including defining the coverage of greenhouse gases (GHG) and scopes, building registration and trading systems, formalizing […]

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China’s Central Environmental Inspection Team (CEIT) criticized the central government’s National Energy Administration (NEA) for lack of environmental efforts

On January 29, the Central Environment Inspection Team (CEIT) presented the National Energy Administration (NEA) with the results of an inspection of NEA’s environmental protection work, which had been conducted with the approval of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCCCP) and the State Council (SC). The inspection report provided a detailed analysis […]

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The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reports on China’s urban renewal and low-carbon development strategies in 2020/21

On January 19, 2021, the NDRC summarized China’s urbanization in 2020 and related plans for 2021 in an official press conference. In the area of urban renewal, the NDRC specifically noted the completion of several renewal projects of old urban districts in 2020, as well as an overall improvement in the environmental quality of urban […]

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New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2021-2035)

On November 02nd 2020, the “New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2021-2035)” was published by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China. The New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2021-2035) is a strategic top-level policy guiding the development of a comprehensive and fully integrated New Energy Vehicle (NEV) and Intelligent Connected […]

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White Paper “Sustainable Development of Transport in China”

On December 02nd 2020, China’s State Council Information Office released a White Paper on the country’s transport development titled: “Sustainable Development of Transport in China“. The document outlines China’s plan to build a modern comprehensive transport system by 2035 (in line with the Strong Transport Nation goals). The white paper is divided into the following […]

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Xi’s Speech at the Climate Ambition Summit towards global action against Climate Change

On December 12th, China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit announcing a series of new measures for China’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The Climate Ambition Summit, co-convened by the United Nations and relevant countries, aims to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, further mobilize the international community to […]

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Chinese National 14th Five-Year Plan Will Keep Promoting Green Development

The 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-term Goals for 2035 promote green development and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature by continuously improving the quality of the environment. Also, China seeks to raise awareness for ecological and environmental protection in the whole society and intensify the fight against […]

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Video production of “Green Transformation in Berlin” in cooperation with CITYMAKERS China-Europe

Is Berlin a „green” city? What projects, places, or people are contributing to a sustainable and green future for the German capital? Inspired to answer these questions, filmmakers Mrs. Kika Yang and Mr. Randolfe Camarotto, part of the CITYMAKERS China-Europe team, investigated innovative projects and inspiring personalities with their mission to make Berlin a greener […]

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Opinions on Promoting the Wastewater Resource Utilization of the National Development and Reform Commission

On January 11, 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), together with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) and eight other ministries and commissions, released the “Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Wastewater Resource Utilization”, with the target of substantially improving the resource utilization of wastewater from households, industry, and agriculture by 2035. […]

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Accelerating the construction of national ETS is one of the key tasks for China’s 2021 national plan

China’s Annual Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing from December 16th-18th. The conference set out key tasks for the next year. Preparing the work for the planned carbon peak but also carbon neutrality are among these tasks. The conference pointed out that China is striving to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before […]

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Fujian, Guangdong and Tianjin announced allowances allocation plans for 2020 for their respective pilot ETS

In December 2020, there have been three regional pilot ETSs – Fujian, Guangdong and Tianjin – which published their allowance allocation plans for the year 2020. According to the “(Trial) Administrative Measures” (draft for public comments) issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the companies covered by the regional ETS from 2019-2020 will […]

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MEE released draft trial administrative measures as well as supplementary guidelines (registration, trading & clearing, monitoring & reporting, and verification) for China’s national ETS

Since November, the MEE consecutively released draft versions of the trial administrative measures as well as supplementary guidelines (registration, trading & clearing, allocation plan, monitoring & reporting, and verification) for China’s national ETS and called for public comments. On November 02nd, November 20th, December 04th and December 16th, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) […]

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Guiding Principles to Promote Climate Investment and Finance Released

On Oct 21st, 2020, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) jointly launched a guidance document to promote climate investment and finance in China. The Guidance was marked as a landmark […]

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Preparations for 14th Five-Year Plan and long-term objectives for 2035 progressing

On 3 November 2020, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) issued proposals on formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Term Vision Objectives Through to the Year 2035. The proposals also related to energy transition and low carbon development. Low Carbon Development in the Proposal for the […]

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China Announces CO2 Emission Peak by 2030 and Carbon Neutrality by 2060

China pledges CO2 emission peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, as President Xi Jinping announced on September 22, 2022, at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The renowned research institute at Tsinghua University already reacted to the new climate goal pledges with a presentation and recommendations for the government. According to Mr. HE […]

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China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) published the “Green Construction Pilot Work Program”

With the “Green Construction Pilot Work Program” released on December 31, 2020, MoHURD aims to promote the sustainable building stock through the use of sustainable construction products and technologies. In each of the three selected provinces of Hunan, Guangdong and Jiangsu, at least 10 “green” pilot projects shall be carried out by 2023. MoHURD recommended […]

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MEE officially published the “2019-2020 cap setting and allowances allocation plan (power generation sector) of China’s national ETS”

On December 30th, 2020, the MEE officially issued the “2019-2020 cap setting and allowances allocation plan (power generation sector) of China’s national ETS”. Local authorities have been asked to complete the pre-allocation by January 29th, 2021. Compared to the previous draft released in November the number of covered companies decreased to 2,225 from 2,267. Furthermore, […]

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CPC Central Committee Publishes Proposals for Formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan and Long-term Development Goals including Urban Topics

On November 3rd, 2020, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) released its “Proposals for formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for National Economic and Social Development and Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035”. The proposals are considered influential in the formulation of China’s new FYP for the years 2021 to 2025. […]

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China Electricity Supply and Demand Report calls for coal expansion despite repeated decline in plant utilization rates

In July, the State Grid Energy Research Institute published its China Electricity Supply and Demand Report 2020. While the first quarter saw a sharp decline in consumption due to COVID-19, a rise in consumption by 1.5-3.5 percent compared to 2019 is expected by the end of 2020. It expects an installed wind capacity of 250 […]

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Grid companies announce bonds to alleviate shortages in feed-in tariff fund

China’s two grid companies (State Grid and Southern Grid) have announced RMB 140bn in special bonds to narrow the funding gap for renewable subsidies. Even as the Chinese government gradually phases out renewable energy subsidies, the available funds for paying out subsidies continue to run a deficit that is projected to reach RMB 300bn by […]

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MEE Plans to Include More Sectors in the National ETS During 14th FYP

At a conference on September 27, following the climate announcement of President Xi Jinping at the UN General Assembly, Mr. Li Gao, Director General of the Department of Climate Change of the MEE, Professor He Jiankun, former Vice President of Tsinghua University and Mr. Xu Huaqing, Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy […]

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Beijing Plans to Build National CCER Trading Center as Part of Pilot Free Trade Zone

On September 21, the State Council approved new pilot free trade zones in Beijing and in the provinces of Hunan, Anhui, and Zhejiang. In the overall development plan for Beijing, a national CCER trading center will be established. The Beijing Equity Exchange is likely to lead the process. Setting up new free trade zones is […]

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China aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060

On September 22, 2020, at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that China will scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by adopting more vigorous policies and measures. He declared that China aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve […]

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Meeting to Commemorate the 2020 International Ozone Day in China Held Online

The Meeting to Commemorate the 2020 International Ozone Day in China was held by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on September 16, with the theme “Strengthen the Supervision and Management of Montreal Protocol Implementation and Build a Long-term Mechanism for Implementing the Protocol”. Mr. Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of MEE, attended and addressed […]

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Chinese Version of the Guidelines for Developing and Implementing A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), Second Edition

Authors: Siegfried Rupprecht,Lasse Brand,Susanne Böhler-Baedeker,Lisa Marie Brunner,Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH  The translation of the SUMP Guidelines was commissioned by the BMU-IKI project Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport CLCT to make the Guidelines available to Chinese policymakers and planners. Based on the SUMP Guidelines, the CLCT project will implement a SUMP in the Chinese city of Foshan, aiming at a better alignment of urban and transport planning and the development of a climate-friendly mobility system.  The translated Guidelines can be downloaded here. 

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The People’s Bank of China, the National Development and Reform Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission release ‘Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue’

On May 29, 2020, the China “Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue (2020 Edition)” Consultation Version was jointly released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) for public consultation. It marks the beginning of a harmonization of domestic green bond definitions as […]

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Dr. Guan Zhi’Ou appointed as new administrator of the Chinese National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA)

On 15 May, Dr. Guan Zhi’Ou was appointed as the new secretary of the Party Committee of NFGA and National Park Bureau, as well as the Party Committee member of the Ministry of Natural Resources of China (MNR). Dr. Guan replaced Zhang Jianlong as the administrator of NFGA on 8 June. The last institutional restructuring […]

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Successful completion of The Mapping Report of EU (EU Member States and EU Institutions) Climate Cooperation Activities with China

Following the mapping workshop held on 15 October 2019, further mapping activities were performed from November 2019 to January 2020. These activities included extensive surveys via questionnaires as well as individual interviews with key stakeholders in each participating country. The final mapping report – entitled Mapping of EU (EU Member States and EU Institutions) Climate […]

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China Integrated Waste Management NAMA Support Project (China IWM NSP) – Implementation Agreement has been signed

The team of GIZ China has institutionalized its cooperation with the China Association of Urban Environmental Sanitation (CAUES), which is an implementing partner in China IWM NSP. While the two organisations have been successfully executing the project together since autumn 2017, the Implementation Agreement (IA) serves to strengthen the sense of ownership of the project […]

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Cleaner Production and Circular Economy: China’s Revised Solid Waste Law Offers a Stronger Framework for Pollution Prevention

For the fifth time during the last 25 years, China has revised its Law on Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste. The updated version of the legislation will be implemented in September and promises a better protection of the environment and strengthened rule of law. In particular, significant progress was made with […]

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Research on the Effect of Total Energy Consumption Control on Economic and Social Transformation and Upgrading and Related Measures

(Credit: GIZ) In recent years, China has strengthened its energy carbon emission control targets both with regards to the total amount and the intensity of energy consumption to ensure that by 2020, the energy consumption per unit of GDP would decrease by 15% compared to 2015, and the total energy consumption would be controlled within […]

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Energy-related emissions and coal capacity additions in China’s economic recovery

As reported in Issue 6, the National Energy Administration (NEA) eased its restrictions for provincial level approvals of new coal power plants through its “traffic light system”. This move prompted speculations that a surge of new coal power plants could ensue in conjunction with efforts to boost economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 […]

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The Chinese Spring Festival Travel Rush and the COVID-19 Crisis – Momentum for Widening the Scope of Sustainability in Transport Planning in the 14th FYP

The Chinese Spring Festival marks the beginning of a new year in the lunar calendar. It is known as China’s most celebrated holiday and a time for family reunification. The annual peak in travel associated with the lunar new year is the ultimate stress test for China’s transportation system. During chunyun (春运), translated as Spring Festival Transportation,  up to 3 billion domestic as well as international trips are made every year  within a period of about 40 days. […]

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Are Chinese trackless trams the best new thing to hit the road in your city?

The trackless tram combines the capabilities of traditional light rail with some of the advantages of buses. The key disadvantages of light rails are their operation rigidity and high investment costs for rail and catenary infrastructure. The trackless tram is running on rubber tires on normal asphalt roads and thus does not require rail infrastructure. While this technically puts them closer to urban buses, trackless trams still provide large capacity – 300 to up to 500 passengers. (Trackless Tram in the city of Zhuzhou, […]

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Recent changes to New Energy Vehicle (NEV) incentive policies in China

(NEV sales China 2017-2020 and YoY growth rate of NEV sales China; Copyright: MIIT) During the Executive Meeting of the State Council on March 31, 2020, the Chinese government decided to extend current purchasing subsidies and NEV purchase tax exemptions in order to stimulate vehicle purchases in China. This comes at a time when the […]

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China sets standards to promote the renovation of residential areas in cities

On July 10, the General Office of the State Council issued the “Guidelines on comprehensively promoting the renovation of old urban residential areas”. These guidelines aim to incorporate local participation to adjust residents’ needs and call for a diversity in measures to adjust them to local needs. In addition, historical heritage sites will be preserved […]

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Summary of SGUP activities in 2019

In 2019, SGUP organized and participated in activities with its partners focusing on the following four key topics: Plus Energy in Buildings and Quarters: SGUP co-organized the Plus Energy Building Workshop with BRDCBEE and BUCC. The workshop focused on cases and policies regarding plus-energy buildings in Germany and provided suggestions for the development of China’s […]

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Energy-efficient buildings in China: Standards and financing mechanisms

Regulatory policy From the first Chinese Design Standards for Civil Buildings in 1986 to the recently released National Standard of Green Buildings Assessment, policy on energy efficiency and carbon emissions of buildings, including the retrofitting of old ones and the construction of new ones, has undergone significant changes in China during the past decades. In […]

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The effects of COVID-19 on China’s coal sector

Alvin Lin – Climate and Energy Policy Director, China Program, NRDC What effects is the current COVID-19 situation having on the coal sector in China? Alvin Lin: Let me take a step back. In the first quarter of this year, we saw a 6.8% drop in GDP in China, and electricity consumption also fell by […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on emissions in China

Every year, the Chinese New Year holiday has a significant short-term impact on energy demand, industrial output and emissions in China, as most shops and industries wind down and the country comes to a temporary standstill. This year, however, this standstill was prolonged by the outbreak of COVID-19, with a virtually unprecedented impact on economic […]

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Better KPIs for all project demo-cities

As a result of the monitoring tour in November 2019, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) assessing progress towards Integrated Waste Management were updated for all demonstration municipalities of China IWM NSP. Featured Photo © China IWM NSP Each city managed to increase its total score, which indicates an improvement in municipal solid waste management (MSWM). […]

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Strengthened control over plastic pollution

Featured Photo © Hans Braxmeier on Pixabay In January 2020, the NDRC and MEE jointly issued The Opinion on Further Strengthening Control of Plastic Pollution. The document outlines general policy guidelines and regulatory needs in order to improve the way China deals with plastic waste. In particular, it envisages increasing separate waste collection and recycling, […]

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National Energy Administration loosens restrictions for provinces’ licences for new coal-fired power plants

Coal power plant (Copyright: Shutterstock/Kodda)   With the release of its annual coal early warning system in February, China’s energy authority NEA has signalled increased scope for licencing new coal-fired power plants. On 26 February 2020, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) published its ‘Circular on 2023 risk and early warning for coal power planning and […]

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New publications by the project team

China IWM NSP published a number of new brochures in the realm of integrated waste management. These were prepared by the project team and cover a broad range of issues from policies on waste management to monitoring indicators for IWM and the specifics of biological waste treatment. The brochures are expected to contribute to the […]

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MEE publishes Notice on Emissions Data Collection for 2019

On 27 December 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published the Notice on Emissions Data Collection for 2019. As in past years, this refers to companies that emit more than 26,000 t CO2 per year and that are part of the eight sectors that are to be included in the national emissions trading […]

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Zhao Yingmin has replaced Xie Zhenhua as head of the Chinese UNFCCC delegation

Zhao Yingmin, Copyright MEE. For more than ten years, Xie Zhenhua headed the Chinese delegation in international climate negotiations, making him China’s leading climate negotiator and one of the world’s longest-serving climate diplomats. Whilst vigorously defending China’s right to development in earlier negotiations, Xie Zhenhua later became one of the key architects of the Paris […]

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Beijing’s turn to introduce mandatory waste segregation

China’s capital follows the suit of another Chinese mega-city, Shanghai, and plans to unfold a full-scale mandatory municipal solid waste (MSW) segregation plan in May 2020. As expected, the measure will include fines of up to RMB 200 (approx. EUR 27) for individuals failing to distinguish between recyclable, organic, hazardous and other waste. In addition, […]

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New feed-in price system and closures for coal plants, grid operators now obliged to guarantee renewable energy purchases

Among several energy policies that have been announced during this reporting period, three are of particular relevance for the Chinese energy system. Firstly, the State Council has announced that China’s coal power prices will shift from fully government-regulated to partially market-based, although they will remain capped. Power generators, electricity retailers and large electricity users will […]

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Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport

On 19 September 2019, the Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport was released. The document was approved by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council and describes the future vision and roadmap of China’s transport sector with a clear message: China wants to become a global transport […]

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MEE planning national ETS training countrywide

On 25 September 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a notice on national ETS training for the trial calculation of allocating power sector allowances and administrative management. Eight sessions comprising 17 training courses are to be held during the period from 22 October to 8 December for all provinces and regions in […]

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Fourth session of National Energy Committee declares energy supply security a ‘strategic task’

The National Energy Committee held its fourth session on 11 October 2019. Chaired by Prime Minister LI Keqiang, the announcements and decisions of this body carry great weight and communicate the political priorities for the following years. As such, these decisions will probably be reflected in the forthcoming 14th Five-Year Plan. The Committee asserted that […]

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10th Sino-German Working Group on Environment & Climate took place

On May 7th, 2020, the 10th Sino-German Working Group Meeting on Environment and Climate took place in a virtual format. The Chinese side was represented by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Ministry of Commerce (MofCOM) and the National Energy Administration (NEA).  From German side, representatives of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, […]

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“Biodiversity and Climate Change are intrinsically connected” (Li Shuo)

Li Shuo, Climate and Energy Campaigner Greenpeace China The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Kunming COP15, planned for October but now postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of Li Shuo’s priorities for this year, who is a Senior Global Policy Advisor for Greenpeace East Asia. Implementation mechanisms are their main focus, in […]

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A call for more action on integrated climate risk management at the National Low Carbon Day 2019

June 19, 2019 – Nanchang – The Ministry of Ecology and Environment and Jiangxi Provincial Government jointly organized the 7th National Low Carbon Day Major Event in Nanchang. The theme of this year’s Low Carbon Day is “Low-Carbon Action, Defending Blue Sky”. The National Low-carbon Day falls on the third day of the National Energy […]

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CCICED-AGM 2019 – Raising climate ambition through international cooperation

June 2, 2019 – GIZ supported the opening day of the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), one of the most high-level events in China where key issues on climate governance, biodiversity and green urbanization are intensively discussed. Xie Zhenhua, former Vice-Chair of NDRC, […]

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GIZ workshop on financing climate actions in China

June 05, 2019 – Singapore – As part of the Innovate4Climate conference in Singapore, the GIZ China organized a workshop on “Triggering transformative change through financing climate action in China” to promote knowledge exchange which was well attended by many international experts at the conference. Workshop participants discussed topics on climate finance from opportunities and […]

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Study for Xintai’s energy transition and further studies

Based on the integrated energy concept for Xintai city, which was created in the previous phase of the Sino-German Climate Partnership (see IKI China Newsletter of April/May), the project is now conducting a study and action plan on the implementation of recommendations on heating made in the integrated energy concept in the rural areas of […]

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Study for Xintai’s energy transition and further studies

Based on the integrated energy concept for Xintai city, which was created in the previous phase of the Sino-German Climate Partnership (see IKI China Newsletter of April/May), the project is now conducting a study and action plan on the implementation of recommendations on heating made in the integrated energy concept in the rural areas of […]

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First training on low-carbon heating held in Shanxi province

From 20th to 22nd June 2019, the Sino-German Climate Partnership’s energy component conducted the first capacity building training on “Low carbon Renewable Energy Heating” in Changzhi city in Shanxi province. The training was carried out in cooperation with German experts from the Renewables Academy (RENAC), the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and […]

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China tightens control over the disposal of lead-acid batteries

The Chinese government has published new guidelines and launched a pilot to strengthen control over the disposal of lead-acid batteries, that are labelled as hazardous waste, but often become a subject of illegal disposal. Experts in the field welcome the move, stating that the initiative will help to promote development of the battery recycling, while […]

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Xi’an, the demo-city of China IWM NAMA, is adopting policies to encourage waste sorting

The mayor of the city of Xi’an has issued a government order on MSW classification measures that will come into force on September 1, 2019. The order is supplemented by the municipal plan for MSW classification developed by the urban management commission. Read more in CN

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China continues to enhance its regulatory framework in waste management

In June, an amendment to the Law on Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste was submitted to the legislators. When adopted, the measure will oblige local governments to develop and implement waste sorting to ensure more environmentally-friendly waste management. Read more in EN Shanghai’s new mandatory domestic waste-sorting regulations took into effect […]

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State Council of PRC promotes the transformation of old urban communities

On June 19, Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, presided over the State Council executive meeting to promote the transformation of old urban communities and discuss measures to meet the general publics’ expectations of their current standard of living. The meeting determined the following objectives: 1.The object range and standards of the transformation should […]

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Beijing plans to hold carbon neutral Winter Olympics

The organizing committee of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 has issued a notice for reducing GHG emissions where possible and for offsetting unavoidable emissions to make the Olympics carbon neutral. The notice outlines the plan to build-low carbon venues, provide low-carbon transport, and invest in renewable energy projects to supply the Winter Olympics with […]

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Beijing’s annual Transport Action Plan emphasizes non-motorized transport and digital mobility

The Beijing Municipal Government released its Comprehensive Transport Action Plan 2019 in early April. This plan is a detailed annual implementation plan in the context of the Beijing Urban Master Plan 2016-2035. According to the Action Plan, Beijing will open three new subway lines, accelerate the construction of additional 14 new subway lines and optimize […]

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National Calculation Standard for Building Carbon Emission launched by MoHURD

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China (MOHURD) published the National Calculation Standard for Building’s Carbon Emission (the Standard), which will come into force on December 1st, 2019. The standard aims to implement national policies on climate change, energy conservation, and emission reduction, standardize methods of calculating the building […]

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China publishes guidance for large-scale carbon neutral events

The MEE published the “Guidance for Carbon Neutral Large-Scale Events (Trial Version)”. It aims to encourage organizers of large-scale events such as conferences, forums and exhibitions to become carbon neutral by reducing avoidable emissions and investing in Chinese offsets to balance unavoidable emissions. The guidance recommends the use of four types of offset credits: 1) […]

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Chinese power sector improves energy efficiency

According to the latest annual report of the China Electricity Council (CEC), the average coal consumption of Chinese coal-fired power plants, with an installed capacity greater than 6 MW, had fallen to 307.6 g/kWh by the end of 2018. CO2 emissions from thermal power plants amounted to 841 gCO2/kWh last year. Compared to emission values […]

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Economic situation increasingly difficult for coal-fired power plants

The economic situation for coal-fired power plant operators is becoming increasingly challenging. Within the last six months, two 125 MW coal-fired power plants have filed for bankruptcy. While coal-fired power plant operators have already been facing worsening conditions for some time, the situation could now deteriorate more rapidly than previously expected. The reasons for this […]

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2019 wind and solar PV tendering mechanism finalised

On May 28th, the National Energy Agency published the official tendering policy for wind and solar PV. Tendering to determine subsidy amounts serves to ensure that subsidies are only as high as necessary to enable a specific project, thus increasing overall efficiency of the subsidy system and incentivizing technology cost decreases. Lower costs support the […]

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Sub-forum in 12th Jiangsu International Green Building Conference

GIZ’s Supporting Jiangsu Low Carbon Development project held a parallel event at the 12th Jiangsu International Green Building Conference. The theme of the event was Plus-Energy Building and Plus-Energy City Quarter. The aim was to promote policy development and cooperation in demonstration projects related to ‘Plus-Energy’. A signing ceremony was also held at the event […]

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MEE Press Conference on August 30

August 30th – Bejing – Li Gao, Department Director of Climate Change, and Liu Youbin, Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and the Environment’s (MEE), spoke at the monthly ministerial press conference. They praised how the creation of the MEE has streamlined the governance and monitoring of climate change policy down to local government […]

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8th International Pre-fabricated Building Forum and Exhibition

April 19-20, 2019, guided by Jiangsu Province Construction Industry Modernization and Innovation Alliance (JCMA), sponsored by prefabricated construction network and Nantong Sanjian, jointly supported by Jiangsu Provincial Housing and Housing Industry Housing Industry Promotion Center, China Architecture Association, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), German Federal Association of Building Systems and various well-known assembly companies in […]

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Press Conference for Jiangsu Low Carbon Development Report 2017-2018

On June 19, 2019, the 7th National Low Carbon Day with the theme of “Low Carbon and Clean Air”, Jiangsu Provincial Government held the press conference for Jiangsu Low Carbon Development Report 2017-2018. This annual report has been published since 2012, and GIZ Jiangsu Project supported the first publication. The year of 2019 is the […]

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Auction of 2 million CO2 allowances for companies with a carbon permit deficit in Tianjin

June 19, 2019 – The city of Tianjin will auction 2 million CO2 allowances on June 27. The auction will only be open to companies that finished 2018 with a deficit of carbon permits and companies cannot purchase more allowances than required to fulfill their 2018 compliance obligation. Despite the auction, there seems to be […]

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Publication on energy concepts and trainings on low-carbon heating

The Sino-German Climate Partnership’s energy component has finalized publications on integrated energy concepts, which were developed by Chinese and German experts for the cities of Dunhuang (Gansu Province), Xintai (Shandong Province) and Jiaxing-Xiuzhou (Zhejiang Province) in the previous project phase. The concepts identified and analyzed each city’s specific geographic characteristics and renewable energy potential and […]

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MEE rolls out process to create a list of power plants that will be included in the national ETS

May 27, 2019 – The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a notice on the process of producing a list of power plants (incl. captive power plants) that will be included in the national ETS. The list is a major step towards the creation of a national emissions trading market. On the provincial level, […]

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Three renewable energy policies under preparation in 2019

Price competition for wind and solar PV will include tenders/auctions and spot power markets. In 2019, China will focus on three major renewable policies, implementing nationwide tenders for subsidized projects, scaling up subsidies for wind and solar PV projects, and facilitating renewable energy in various power markets that are currently under development. Policymakers are now […]

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China’s coal consumption dropped under 60% of the energy mix for the first time

In 2018, coal accounted for 59% of China’s total energy consumption. For the first time, coal has accounted for less than 60% of primary energy mix in China. With this development, China is confident to reach its 13th Five-Year Plan goal of reducing coal to under 58% of total energy consumption in 2020. As the […]

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MEE published Draft Interim Regulation for ETS

On the 29th of March 2019, the MEE initiated a public consultation on the draft Interim Regulations on the Management of Carbon Emissions Trading It is the first official document on China’s national ETS since its official launch in Dec. 2017. The following is an outline of the main takeaways from the draft: • The […]

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Supporting the Low Carbon Development of Jiangsu Province Phase III

Initial Situation 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 […]

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Series of Green and Low Carbon Development Trainings

Being part of a series of Green and Low Carbon Development Training Courses with the aim to spread the outreach of the Jiangsu project and elevate the concepts of integrated energy for the industry and building sector, a workshop in cooperation with Jiangsu DRC was held on 07th December 2018. Prior workshops were held in […]

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China publishes annual climate report – 2020 carbon intensity target achieved early

At a press conference on November 27th, Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate change, presented the results of the government’s annual report “China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change (2018)”. At the end of 2017, China’s carbon emission per unit of GDP has decreased by about 46% compared to 2005. That means that […]

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Financial Support for Green Industry Development Workshop

Financial issues are believed to be one of the key factors determining the development of green industries including renewable energy. Since the Yancheng Government is developing its green industry, GIZ Jiangsu project together with Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange Center organized a workshop on the topic of financial support for green industries. Experts from the […]

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Status and Prospect of Hydrogen Economy

Together with the United Nations Development Programme, Tsinghua University, Changzhou DRC and Nanjing University, GIZ held a workshop on the Status and Prospect of Hydrogen Economy in Changzhou located in Jiangsu Province. Green hydrogen production from (excessive) wind power is developing very fast in Germany and other countries. Being already in use in Yancheng, it […]

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Carbon market development at the 12th China New Energy International Forum

A panel discussion on carbon market development took place at the 12th China New Energy International Forum. The panel featured three members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, Mr. Yvo Belet, Mr. Bas Eickhout and Mr. Seb Dance, as well as Ms. Deanna Easton, Australian Embassy, Mr. Dai Yande from Low Carbon Alliance, […]

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Oct 31, 2018

MEE – DCC Official response to IPCC 1.5 degrees report: more action is needed

Li Gao, the head of China’s climate change department (DCC) under the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE), issued the first official response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 1.5 degrees special report at a press conference. According to MEE’s Weibo account, Li Gao said that the report findings demonstrate the urgency of […]

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MEE confirms responsibility for ETS

October 10, 2018 – The newly established Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published a detailed organisational plan of its Department of Climate Change (DCC), explicitly mentioning ETS as part of its responsibilities. The Division of Domestic Policy and Compliance – that now also has a second name added in brackets: Division for Carbon Emissions […]

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Beijing Climate Talk on NDC implementation structure and donors’ engagement

On 12th October 2018, the Beijing Climate Talk took place at the Beijing Kerry Center. The event was co-organized by GIZ China, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Energy Foundation. Over 20 climate leaders from research institutes, NGOs, embassies, and governmental agencies participated in this meeting. They shared valuable experiences and exchanged ideas on their understanding of the […]

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IPCC Report highlights role of carbon pricing to achieve 1.5 degree target

October 08, 2018 – According to the new scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level could stave off the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. Human activities are estimated to have caused 1 degree Celsius global warming already, […]

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Hebei plans to develop provincial voluntary offset market

September 25, 2018 – The Hebei Development and Reform Commission (DRC) announced in its “Puhui Certified Emissions Reduction Pilot Working Plan” that it will launch a voluntary offset market in five provincial cities by the end of 2018. The five cities are Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Cangzhou, Zhangjiakou and Chengde. The document further notes that the offset […]

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Ministry of Ecology and Environment holds extensive ETS training event

September 05, 2018 – The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) organised an extensive training event with about 200 participants to strengthen the state-owned electricity generation companies’ capability to participate in the further development of national ETS as stipulated in the “National ETS Work Plan for the Power Sector”. Apart from the state-owned power generation […]

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Guangdong Province pauses its local offset mechanism

August 30, 2018 – The Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission announced that until further notice it will not approve any applications for more credit issuances in its provincial offset mechanism called Pu Hui Certified Emission Reduction (PHCER). The Guangdong government aims to evaluate the current mechanism before the authorities restart to approve further applications. […]

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The EU and China renew their cooperation on ETS

July 17, 2018 – During the 20th EU-China summit, Brussels and Beijing signed a strategic partnership including a renewed commitment to carbon market cooperation, while the joint statement of the summit also mentioned the recently launched second phase of the EU-China ETS cooperation project. Some commentators saw these steps as a further sign of China’s […]

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Shanghai will hold additional auction for ETS compliance

July 16, 2018 – Shanghai announced that it will offer 2 million carbon allowances in an additional auction on July 31. The goal of this auction is to help emitters comply with the ETS after shortages of certificate supply. The auctioning will be limited to ETS participants and the allowances bought must be used for […]

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A new CO2 growth cap in Shanghai and new regulations across China

June 11, 2018 – The government of Shanghai announced a new at 5.15 million tonnes cap on CO2 emission growth, thereby setting the target significantly lower than the 5.8 million tonnes cap in 2017. The cap is furthermore the lowest since the city introduced the caps, which are based on the annual carbon intensity reduction […]

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Nanshan district of Shenzhen pays companies for saved CO2 permits

May 24, 2018 – The council in Nanshan district in the city of Shenzhen has extended a funding scheme for local emitters, paying them if emission allowances remain unused. The emitters receive funding of up to 300.000 yuan (ca. 40.000 Euro) based on how many certificates are not used when complying with the city’s pilot […]

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Chinese Offset Registry handed over to Beijing Exchange

May 8, 2018 – The central government has decided to hand over the responsibility of running the nation’s offset registry to the Beijing Environment Exchange, after looking for an appropriate institution for over a year. The Registry has been overseen by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) in the meantime. […]

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China’s Energy Intensity declines further in the first quarter of 2018

April 30, 2018 – In the first quarter of the year, the energy intensity of China’s GDP has declined by 3.2 percent, as reported by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics. Thereby the current development is continuing to outpace the national target of 3 percent average annual reduction. At the same time, the share of […]

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The European Union and China launch the second Phase of ETS Cooperation

April 25, 2018 – The European Union and China officially launched the three-year long second phase of their emissions trading co-operation programme. In this programme, the EU provides funding amounting to €10 million in an effort to help the world’s top emitting nation to develop and launch its national cap-and-trade system. The first phase, which […]

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China’s State Council approves ETS allocation plan

April 19, 2018 – The State Council of China has approved an allocation plan for the trial emissions trading system for the power sector. Although specific details are not yet available, this step is seen as a milestone in the development of the national ETS, as experiences from the trial are going to play an […]

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Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Fujian, Tianjin and Sichuan Published Key Emitters List and are Requesting Emissions Data Collection as well as Monitoring Plans

According to the “Notice of Emissions Data Collection for the year of 2016 and 2017, and Monitoring Plan Submission (发改办气候〔2017〕1989号)” published last December, the following regions have published their list of key emitters, referring to entities who emitted 260 thousand tons CO2e per year in one of the periods from 2013 to 2017 and are […]

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China announces Government reshuffle, vows to stick to ETS and meets Copenhagen climate target early

27 March 2018 – China recently announced that the Climate Change Office will be moved away from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to a newly created Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate issues, stated on the Green Carbon Development Summit on the 24th of March that […]

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IETA study: Reputation of ETS depends on China’s success

May 24, 2018 – According to IETA’s annual GHG Market Sentiment survey, 71% of respondents think that the reputation of emission trading could be impacted if the Chinese ETS is not seen as a success by the international community. The survey, which was carried out by PwC with over 100 representatives from IETA members, furthermore […]

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NPC Delegates call for a fast launch of the ETS

15 March 2018. Beijing, PR China – Delegates from the Chinese National People’s Congress asked the government to speed up the implementation of the national emissions trading scheme. They furthermore proposed to merge it with the planned energy consumption trading system in order to reduce administrative costs for companies that have to comply with both. […]

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China to move the climate change to new Ecology and Environment Ministry

14 March 2018 – The Chinese Government announced that the topics of climate change and emission reduction, which are currently with the NDRC, will be moved to the newly created Ecological Environment Ministry. The new ministry will be based on the Ministry for Environmental Protection (MEP), but has been strengthened by a range of new […]

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Shanghai DRC requests Enterprises Covered by Shanghai Pilot ETS to Submit Emissions Reports for 2017

9 March 2018 – Shanghai DRC issued a notification requesting all enterprises covered by the Shanghai pilot ETS to submit their emissions reports for the year of 2017 before 31st of March. The list of enterprises equals the 2016 version. http://www.shdrc.gov.cn/xxgk/cxxxgk/33294.htm

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First offset issuance of 2018 completed in Guangdong

First offset issuance of 2018 completed in Guangdong May 8, 2018 – The government of Guangdong province has issued 61.000 carbon credits this week, the first ones issued since July of last year. The PHCERs were issued to two forestry projects and will be auctioned by the China Emission Exchange in Guangdong on May 10 […]

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Hainan Province published 13th Five Year Plan on GHG Emissions Control and Prepares for Participation in the National ETS

24 February 2018 – Hainan Province People’s Government published the 13th Five Year Plan on GHG emissions control. It targeted to decrease CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 12% compared to 2015 levels and to peak emissions before 2030. The plan also emphasizes preparation work for the participation in the national ETS e.g., establishment […]

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China Beijing Environment Exchange published “Annual Report of Beijing Carbon Market 2017”

11 February 2018 – The CBEEX published its annual market report for the Beijing pilot ETS. According to the report, 7.53 million tons of allowances have been traded in 2017 with a value of CNY 0.236 billion. Among it, 2.47 million tons were traded at the exchange with a value of CNY 123 million; 5.05 […]

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Shanghai DRC published List of Key Emitters for 2016 and 2017

25 January 2018 – The Shanghai DRC published a list of key emitters covered by the national ETS for the summation of emissions reports and monitoring plans for the years 2016 and 2017. In line with the official national monitoring plans published by NDRC last month, 58 key emitters from 5 sectors (petrochemicals, chemical, power, […]

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Beijing published List of Key Emitters and Reporting Entities for 2017

24 January 2018 – The Beijing DRC published a list of Key Emitters and Reporting Entities for the year 2017. Key emitters include entities with direct and indirect CO2 emissions of more than (including) 5000 tons per year for fixed and mobile facilities that are registered and located in Beijing. In total 943 key emitters, […]

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Hubei Province published Allowance Allocation Plan for 2017

Hubei Province published Allowance Allocation Plan for 2017 16 January 2018 – The Hubei Development and Reform Commission (DRC) published the 2017 allowance allocation plan for its pilot ETS. Hubei will issue 257 million permits to cover 2017 emissions, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2016. At the same time, the covered entities have increased […]

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