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 Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Changzhi Energy Revolution Research Institute.
Over 80 officials responsible from local energy bureaus and municipal governments of seven major cities of Shanxi province participated and learned about relevant policy instruments, formulation of action plans, technologies and best practices. Shanxi province is planning to transition towards a low-carbon economy but currently strongly depends on coal as fuel and economic base. As the substitution with primarily natural gas was not sufficient during the last winter, the capacity building on renewable energy heating was very much appreciated. The training was well received by the participants based on the participants feedback.
There will be six trainings altogether, three in 2019 and three in 2020. Two of the three trainings will be conducted in China and one will take the shape of a study tour in Germany. While the 2019 trainings will cover low-carbon heating, a new topic will be developed for the 2020 trainings.