Jul 28, 2020

Sino-German/EU Workshop on Climate Legislation

Jul 28, 2020

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.

Photo Credit: GIZ

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.