China publishes guidance for large-scale carbon neutral events

Dec 30, 2019

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) allowances from China’s national ETS and regional pilot ETS; 2) Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs); 3) Puhui credits approved by provincial or national-level authorities; 4) CER credits from CDM projects in China. It further specifically encourages the use of credits from forestry projects and projects in poorer regions of China.

Moreover, the guidance outlines specificities of emission sources, such as fossil fuel burning, electricity and heating purchase, event materials and waste management, as well as methodologies to report emissions and advice on emission reduction methods such as venue selection, accommodation, catering and transportation.

Organizers of events shall follow the guidance and quantify their total emission, provide an action plan to reduce emissions and undertake an assessment by a third-party verifier. Read more in CN

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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.