On July 28, 2020, the expert workshop on “Sino-German/EU’s Experience on Climate Legislation” was successfully organized online with 45 participants from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), the GIZ and several Chinese universities. It was chaired by Mr. Xu Huaqing, Director of NCSC, with speeches by Ms. Silke Karcher, Division Head of IK II 5 of BMU, and Mr. Ding Hui, Director of the Department of Climate Change of the MEE. Experts and scholars from China University of Political Science and Law, Renmin University of China, and research teams from Tianjin University and Wuhan University, as well as from the climate change legislation research team of China, joined the discussion.
Representing the German perspective, Ms. Lilly von Swieykowski introduced the Federal Law on Climate Change and the current status of state climate legislation in Germany, while Ms. Karcher elaborated on the European Green Deal and the European Climate Law (draft for comments). Director Li Junfeng and Ms. Tian Danyu introduced the progress of China’s energy legislation and its synergies with climate change, as well as the development of China’s climate change legislation and related systems and policies and exchanged views on green recovery plans.
Since Germany holds the presidency of the EU council in the second half of 2020, it plays an important role in promoting Europe’s green recovery and deepening China-EU climate cooperation. It is of great significance to strengthen the exchange of experience between China and EU/Germany on climate legislation for promoting legislation in addressing climate change in China.
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