Since May 2021, the Department of Climate Change (DCC) has consecutively requested the China Building Materials Federation (CBMF), the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA), the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA) as well as the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) to support the preparatory work ahead of the sectors’ intended integration into the national ETS. The associations in question represent companies that produce cement, glass, iron, steel, nonferrous metals, petrochemicals, and chemicals. The trade associations will be carrying out work related to (1) allocation and benchmark calculation, (2) test operation of the supporting systems, (3) MRV, (4) serve as a link between companies and government, and (5) capacity-building.
A special emphasis was put on the producers of cement and electrolytic aluminum, as they are particularly well-positioned to be integrated soon. In fact, Prof. ZHANG Xiliang of Tsinghua University stated that this should ideally be achieved before the end of the year.