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

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Sep 22, 2020

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 carbon neutrality before 2060. “China will scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions by adopting more vigorous policies and measures,” Xi said. “We call on all countries to pursue innovative, coordinated, green and open development for all.”

According to Professor He Jiankun, Deputy Director of the National Committee of Experts on Climate Change, research shows that China faces major challenges in its development transformation. The 2060 carbon-neutral scenario requires China to achieve near-zero emissions by 2050 and build a sustainable energy system with new energy and renewable energy as the mainstay. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 requires a huge transformation in all aspects of the social, economic, energy, and technological systems.

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Project country
China
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
Duration
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.