National Calculation Standard for Building Carbon Emission launched by MoHURD

Dec 30, 2019

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China (MOHURD) published the National Calculation Standard for Building’s Carbon Emission (the Standard), which will come into force on December 1st, 2019. The standard aims to implement national policies on climate change, energy conservation, and emission reduction, standardize methods of calculating the building carbon emission, conserve resources, and protect the environment.

The standard applies to newly constructed, expanded and renovated civil construction and targets single buildings or groups of buildings. It can be applied during the designing phase or after the construction phase. The calculation process can be divided into three phases, namely (i) the construction and demolition phase, (ii) the production of the building materials and transportation phase, and (iii) the operation phase. The segmentation calculation results can be accumulated as the carbon offset amount of the building’s full life circle. Carbon emissions calculations should include the various types of greenhouse gases listed in the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The corresponding software has been developed based on the standard.

By applying the calculation methods of the standard to regulate the calculation of building carbon emission, people will pay more attention to energy-saving and carbon reduction during the building’s full life cycle in the design stage, while the construction and construction materials enterprises could enhance their awareness on carbon emission accounting, reporting, testing, and verification. This would provide technical support for future buildings to participate in carbon emissions trading, carbon tax, carbon allowances, carbon footprint, and international comparisons. 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.