MEE Released Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial), Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector and GHG Emission Reporting Working Notice

On March 29 and 30, 2021, the MEE released the “Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial)” as well as the “Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector” respectively. Compared to the previous draft, the final Verification Guideline tightens the criteria for companies that might be exempted from on-site investigations; this should lead to a high percentage of companies being verified through both processes, document check and on-site investigation. Besides, there are additional provisions to avoid conflicts of interest for third parties as well as verifiers.

Within the “Notice of Annual GHG Emission Reporting and Verification 2020”, the MEE also issued the final version of the “Monitoring and Reporting Guideline for the Power Generation Sector”. The final version requires a higher data quality compared to previous drafts. The frequency of emission data reporting has also been refined to a monthly request on activity data, emission factors, production-related information and necessary supporting documents. Enterprises also need to report relevant information to the public when submitting annual GHG reports to the relevant authorities.

The first compliance cycle of China’s national ETS for the power generation sector ends before December 31. The deadline for reporting GHG emissions is April 30 for power generation enterprises and September 30 for enterprises from other sectors (petroleum, petro-chemical, construction materials, iron and steel, non-ferrous, paper, and aviation). Verification needs to be completed before June 30 for power generation enterprises and before December 31 for enterprises from the other seven sectors. Based on emission data for 2019 and 2020, the allocation of allowances for enterprises in the power sector will be finalized before September 30.

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Sino-German Project on Capacity Building for the Establishment of ETS in China

Project country
China
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)
Implementation Partners
National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation of the People's Republic of China (NCSC)
Duration
07/2012 - 03/2020

The Chinese government has set itself the goal of reaching the peak of CO2 emissions by around 2030 and reducing CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65% compared to 2005 levels. To achieve these targets, China is gradually establishing a national Emission Trading System (ETS) as one of the key building blocks of its mitigation strategy. Since the start of the project in 2012, the Sino-German project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) in China” has been supporting the Chinese government in this endeavour through knowledge transfer and strengthening of the political leverage of key institutions and stakeholders required to develop and operate an ETS. Initially, the project supported the development of the regional pilots ETS. Since 2016, the focus lies on support for the roll out of the national ETS. The project is jointly implemented by GIZ and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. It is executed on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) that is financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition.