Nov 3, 2018

BMU and GIZ China strengthen their IKI coordination

Oct 28, 2018 Nov 2, 2018

With Dr. Sach at the BMU-IKI Seminar in Beijing

From 28th October to 2nd November 2018, a six-member high-level BMU delegation led by Directorate-General IK Dr. Karsten Sach visited China. Stephan Contius, head of Division IK I 2, and Dr. Vera Rodenhoff, head of Division IK I 4 also joined the delegation. During their visit, the delegation attended the 2018 World Cities Day in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, which this year was under the motto “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”. Furthermore, the participants met with officials from the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in Beijing and discussed key areas of joint cooperation.

On 29th October, the BMU Delegation invited GIZ to the “GIZ China – BMU IKI Seminar”, where IKI project directors and technical advisors presented IKI work in China. The transport sector in China has gained great momentum thanks to rapid transformation in technologies. Development in waste sector is still in early stages and lack of public awareness. Transformation and revitalization of industrial sites, inquired by Chinese ministries, is taken as a potential topic for cooperation in urbanization sector. After the restructuring of ministries in March 2018, several Chinese partners, especially from MEE, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), became of interest to the delegates. Dr. Karsten Sach highlighted that forestry and transport could be relevant to the BMU in a cross-boundary context. Digitalization and sustainability are currently very important topics; here a conjunction with the transport sector or energy transition is possible. In China the activities in the realm of forestry are still limited. Thus, Dr. Karsten Sach prospected to strengthen engagement in topics such as forestry and supply chain or forestry in the context of biodiversity. To follow up, a brief evaluation of the implementation experiences with regard to the climate aspects of the previous IKI portfolio will be conducted. Furthermore, the topics of transport and digitization as well as energy transition and digitization will be examined more closely.

Sino-German Climate Partnership 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); National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China (NEA)
Implementation Partners
Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
09/2017 – 09/2020

Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combatting Climate Change and initiated this bilateral dialogue as "Sino-German Climate Partnership". The project has been established to support the cooperation between the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project starts in 2018 with close alignment to the restructuring at the Chinese government. In this phase, the project aims to advance the policy dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese partners domestically as well as within the international context of climate change. Part of the work will be supporting the development and implementation of China's medium- and long-term low-carbon development strategies, hence by supporting the Chinese government in strengthening the climate governance system. Domestically the SGCP project supports the policy dialogue on climate change (Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices, this includes strengthening capacities for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. On international level the SGCP project enhances the knowledge of both patterns about best practices in regard of climate policies and their implementation. For new cooperation topics identified by the Working Group on Climate Change, the project acts as an incubator for IKI development. As interface for information management, it serves a as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China, especially within the UNFCCC process.