Successful completion of The Mapping Report of EU (EU Member States and EU Institutions) Climate Cooperation Activities with China

Jul 15, 2020

Following the mapping workshop held on 15 October 2019, further mapping activities were performed from November 2019 to January 2020. These activities included extensive surveys via questionnaires as well as individual interviews with key stakeholders in each participating country. The final mapping report – entitled Mapping of EU (EU Member States and EU Institutions) Climate Cooperation Activities with China – was then completed in May 2020, which marked the successful completion of all mapping activities under the SPIPA project.

The purposes of the SPIPA mapping activities were to provide a holistic overview of Member States’ cooperation efforts with China within the area of climate change and NDC implementation, to delineate where improvements might be needed, to identify how to best complement each country’s comparative advantages, and to facilitate more efficient knowledge-sharing and capacity building.

The mapping exercises were performed over the course of 6 months, during which questionnaires and information from the EU institutions and 6 member states were collected, namely Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Netherlands. The mapping report contains information about 132 projects amounting to €3.269 billion. All participating Member States and the EU institutions gave positive evaluations of their individual climate cooperation with China. According to the survey feedback, they concluded that the cooperation has proven to be productive and has provided comprehensive support to the different levels of the Chinese government for addressing the complexities related to climate change issues. During the mapping, each country participant indicated a desire to continue their collaboration with China on climate-related issues, whilst highlighting that communication and coordination mechanisms need to be strengthened. All participants agreed that the mapping activity was a mutually beneficial exercise that revealed areas for further cooperation and areas which could still be enhanced.

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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.