MEE Press Conference on August 30

Dec 27, 2019

August 30th – Bejing – Li Gao, Department Director of Climate Change, and Liu Youbin, Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and the Environment’s (MEE), spoke at the monthly ministerial press conference. They praised how the creation of the MEE has streamlined the governance and monitoring of climate change policy down to local government level. China is intent on further developing its role as a leading climate actor at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23th, showcasing its progress towards its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement (NDC). China will advocate significant political and financial contributions from more-developed countries towards significant action by less-developed countries, highlighting the scale of the challenge facing those countries. The 14th Five-Year Plan will support some local industries in peaking their emissions earlier than the national 2030 target and place strong emphasis on addressing non-CO2 gas emissions. The Global Centre on Adaptation opened a Beijing office this year, while China also participated in the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

China has so far signed 35 memorandums of understanding with less-developed countries under the South-South Cooperation mechanism, with 10 more currently under negotiation. China is now considering expanding cooperation by pursuing trilateral partnerships, which would include an international organisation. It continues to provide foreign expert training and extensive material grants of such apparatus as solar PV units, energy-efficient street and indoor LED lighting, agricultural equipment, meteorological monitoring apparatus and clean cooking stoves, in solidarity with less-developed countries. 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.