Oct 12, 2020

GIZ energy team members travel to Hangzhou for discussing energy transition cooperation potentials

Oct 1, 2020

Through the energy activities of the Sino-German Climate Partnership Phase 3, the project had established contact with the State Grid Energy Research Institute and their work to support the energy transition in Hangzhou. The city is known for hosting the headquarter of internet giant Alibaba, and a range of artificial intelligence, biotech, fintech, and smart production incubation parks. As the provincial capital of Zhejiang, a National Demonstration Province for the Energy Revolution, it significantly contributes to China’s energy transition. Between 2015 and 2019, the city reduced its share of coal in the energy mix from 37% to 19%. In October, members of the GIZ China energy team, respectively from the Climate Partnership and from the Sino-German Energy Partnership, traveled to Hangzhou. There, they assessed cooperation potentials in the fields of smart energy systems and energy efficiency in buildings. GIZ experts visited technology hubs, a smart city district, and a 20 MW floating photovoltaics project. Moreover, they discussed the city’s energy policy with provincial and local authorities, and with experts and officials from State Grid. Hangzhou is an example that shows how local companies and municipalities can implement a low-carbon energy transition on the ground. Since the energy activities of the Climate Partnership Phase III ended in October 2020, the Energy Partnership will continue the exchange and seek to deepen the cooperation.

GIZ energy team and State Grid Energy Research Institute staff visiting a floating photovoltaics project in Hangzhou in October 2020. Copyright by GIZ.

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.