climate
Jul 15, 2020

Online trainings familiarize municipal-level participants with “Green Economic Recovery”, system integration of renewables, and energy master planning

Jul 7, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

The Sino-German Climate Partnership held three webinars on various topics related to a low-carbon energy transition in July 2020. The trainings were co-organized and conceptualized with the Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the Renewables Academy (RENAC). Various international and Chinese experts contributed to the webinars. The events were part of the project’s capacity-building efforts. While trainings were carried out as physical meetings for specific regions, due to COVID-19, this was not possible in 2020, and thus the webinar format was chosen.

The first webinar on “The Energy Sector and Green Recovery post-COVID-19” was held on 7 July 2020. It addressed the very timely topic of “building back better” and leveraging economic stimulus and support measures to change gears towards a more resilient and sustainable economic system. This also includes making investments in a low-carbon energy transition. The webinar paid particular attention to the role that renewable energy and other low-carbon energy technologies can play to generate growth and jobs in the local economy to make it as relevant as possible for municipal actors.

The second webinar on “System Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” took place on 20 and 21 July 2020. This webinar shared knowledge on how renewable energy can be successively integrated into the energy system towards a renewable-based system. The webinar covered the topic from four perspectives: Supply; demand; infrastructure (grid); and regulatory framework. It also included a range of best practice application case studies on how more renewables can be used in different sectors.

The third webinar on “Energy Master Planning” was held on July 27 and 28, 2020. This webinar focused on the process and methodology of urban energy planning and integrating it into other urban planning processes. It began by discussing how relevant the energy transition is for cities and vice-versa. It then followed the typical planning and implementation process: status quo assessment; target-setting; designing concepts and measures; and implementation.

All webinars focused on conveying international experience, but each contained contributions by Chinese experts who provided information on the situation and trends and contextualized the international experiences for the Chinese audience. The webinars also featured discussions between the experts where they deepened and elaborated on the contents of their talks. A total of 52 participants who attended a complete session on one topic received certificates. Participants came from local governments and research institutes that support local governments.

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

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); 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
Duration
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.