Support for Verification Pilots to Strengthen the MRV System of the China’s National ETS

Oct 23, 2020

To support the construction of the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system of the national ETS in China, the project commissioned the China Quality Certification Center (CQC) to support local officials from environmental law enforcement teams at the Bureaus of Ecology and Environment (BEE) in four pilot regions to verify the emissions data of key emission units from the power sector. The four pilot regions are Shanghai, Qinghai Province, Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, and Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. The work was carried out from August to October 2020. The aim of the verification pilots is to assess which role local BEE officials from the environmental law enforcement teams can play in the verification process and potentially integrate it with other environmental reporting requirements. To this end, CQC will check and evaluate the verification reports prepared by the local BEE environmental law enforcement teams and draw up recommendations about the feasibility of the approach. CQC will further identify knowledge gaps and propose measures to strengthen the local BEE’s capacities. The final report will be made available to the MEE to inform the decision-making process on the design of the MRV system of China’s national ETS.

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Sino-German Project on Capacity Building for the Establishment of ETS in China

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)
Implementation Partners
National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation of the People's Republic of China (NCSC)
07/2012 - 03/2020

The Chinese government has set itself the goal of reaching the peak of CO2 emissions by around 2030 and reducing CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65% compared to 2005 levels. To achieve these targets, China is gradually establishing a national Emission Trading System (ETS) as one of the key building blocks of its mitigation strategy. Since the start of the project in 2012, the Sino-German project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) in China” has been supporting the Chinese government in this endeavour through knowledge transfer and strengthening of the political leverage of key institutions and stakeholders required to develop and operate an ETS. Initially, the project supported the development of the regional pilots ETS. Since 2016, the focus lies on support for the roll out of the national ETS. The project is jointly implemented by GIZ and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. It is executed on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) that is financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition.