May 29, 2020

Study tour to Germany and Austria about best practices in low-carbon heating

Dec 8, 2019 Dec 14, 2019
Germany and Austria



The group visiting a biogas plant and the small-scale village heating grid it supplies. Copyright GIZ 2019.

From 8-14 December, a study tour to Germany and Austria planned by the project team and its contractor, Renewables Academy, took place. It is the third in a series of capacity-building training courses on the topic of low-carbon heating. Previously, two courses had been held in the Chinese cities of Changzhi and Zhengzhou. The group comprising twelve participants from municipal governments, national research institutions and entrepreneurs visited various sites showcasing biogas, biomass, geothermal energy, heat pumps and heat storage, power-to-gas, smart cities and cutting-edge municipal planning approaches. They also visited a waste incineration plant which feeds into the heating grid.

The participants were particularly interested in economic and financial aspects, such as investment costs and amortisation periods. On the technical side, they were very interested in local heating grids and integrated planning. They were able to take home many innovative ideas and new insights that will enrich their future work. This is also demonstrated by participant requests received by the project team after the tour, asking for more information on smart cities and opportunities to purchase German small-scale biomass boilers.



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.