Jun 11, 2020

Release of Guidelines on Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans

Jun 11, 2020 Jun 11, 2020

On 11 June 2020, the Sino-German Climate Partnership conducted a webinar where it released guidelines on developing and implementing “Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans” (SECAPs). These guidelines are targeting Chinese cities as part of the project’s efforts to promote integrated planning of climate action and a low-carbon energy transition at the municipal level. The publication includes a methodology that has been established and is being applied in Germany and provides guidance on key steps – namely, status quo analysis, methodological target setting, development of measures for different sectors, engagement and management of stakeholders and cross-departmental cooperation. Moreover, the guidelines discuss how this methodology applies to the circumstances of Chinese cities. To make the content more tangible, the document also contains numerous best practice examples from German cities.

The webinar featured expert contributions by representatives of the two organisations that were strongly involved in developing the guidelines: Ms Li Ang from the Chinese think tank innovative Green Development Program (iGDP) and Mr Bernd Franke of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu). Ms Li Ang stated that while there are differences in urban governance between China and Germany, when it comes to integrated planning, they are outweighed by shared commonalities. Therefore, she concluded, the Guidelines can give many valuable impulses to Chinese cities. Mr Franke introduced the SECAP development and implementation methodology as described in the guidelines, using many depictions from the Guidelines. He also illustrated his talk with examples from German cities. Furthermore, Mr Xu Mingchao of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) introduced the status quo and challenges of integrated energy planning in China.

Participants also had the opportunity to pose questions, which they made good use of. One important question was where the difference between integrated energy plans and integrated climate plans lies. All experts agreed that they are “twins” of sorts – while they focus on different aspects (energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, respectively), both ultimately lead to better climate protection, and need to refer to each other.

The guidelines were developed in cooperation with the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership, which also supported the organization of the webinar.

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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.