Symposium on Sustainable Industrial Area – Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Industrial Parks

Mar 26, 2021

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In the context of the ambitious targets of “reaching the peak of China’s Carbon (CO2) emissions before the year 2030” and “reach carbon neutrality in China in 2060” which was announced by China’s President Xi Jinping during the General Debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, and in order to meet the 14th Five Year Plan as well as the green development concept, on March 26, the GIZ Jiangsu project together with the Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province, the Department of Commerce of Jiangsu Province, and the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government held a Symposium on Sustainable Industrial Area – Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Industrial Parks in Nanjing. The conference adopted a hybrid offline and online (open live broadcast) format.

The event was chaired by Ms. Wang Hua, Division Chief of the Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province. Mr. Zhang Qiang, Deputy Division Chief of the Department of Commerce of Jiangsu Province and Ms. Hu Qiying, Director of the GIZ Jiangsu project delivered welcoming speeches. Domestic and international experts from the Jiangsu Strategy and Development Research Center, the Jiangsu Productivity Promotion Center, Southeast University, the Jiangsu High-Tech Service Centre, COVESTRO AG, and SAPHERIOR GmbH gave thematic presentations regarding policies, financing, and technologies for reaching carbon peaking in industrial parks.

More than 100 representatives from Jiangsu government departments, local development zones and relevant enterprises participated in the onsite symposium. And more than 5600 participants watched the live broadcasting and interacted with presenters online.

Supporting the Low Carbon Development of Jiangsu Province Phase 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)
Implementation Partners
Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province
01/2019 - 02/2023

China’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) at a peaking of CO2 emissions until 2030, reducing the emission intensity of its economy (CO2 emissions per unit of GDP) by 60% to 65% compared to 2005-levels and increasing the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% in the same time frame.

On its path towards these goals, China needs ambitious provinces like Jiangsu which is a role model in driving low carbon development forward by aspiring to reach its carbon peak 5-10 years earlier. Furthermore, within the framework of the 13th Five-Year-Plan (FYP, 2016-2020) Jiangsu targets a reduction of carbon intensity 5-8% higher than the average national target. Further goals for reducing energy intensity (national target 15%, Jiangsu 18%) and carbon intensity (national target 18%, Jiangsu 19%) show Jiangsu’s ambitions.

Jiangsu province is highly industrialized and one of the most developed provinces in China; its population is comparable to Germany’s and its economic power comparable to the one of Switzerland.

The project supports its Chinese partners in enabling the transformation towards a low carbon economy, which is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advances reaching the goals of the 13th / 14th FYP (2016-2020 / 2021-2025) of Jiangsu province as well as the early peaking of its CO2 emissions. At the local level, activities built on lessons learned during the previous project phases I and II. Supported by the provincial government, a sustainable network that persists beyond the duration of the project, will be established. It facilitates a long-term exchange between German and Chinese actors from industry, academia and politics as well as the discourse on coal phase-out. The project and the network will achieve sustainable capacity development through the introduction of methodological knowledge on how to build and manage knowledge networks and how to ensure financing. Furthermore, the necessary technical expertise required by stakeholders of the network will be provided. Results, best practices and proven impacts will contribute to the national and international dialogue on climate change.

In order to stabilize results of three project phases and to ensure the sustainability of knowledge transfer and capacity building regarding low carbon development, a permanent network structure will be created in the final phase of the project. The project will build capacity to enable network stakeholders to sustainably manage and finance the network. In addition, train-the-trainer programs are being established in the areas of climate protection and low carbon development, which are offered and implemented by the network stakeholders after the end of the project.

In the long-term, strengthened individual and institutional capacities will contribute to integrated planning of climate protection measures at local and provincial levels. By developing and establishing a sustainable structure to safeguard knowledge and capacity regarding low carbon development, the measures implemented as well as the project inputs will have an enduring impact and will support Jiangsu's climate strategies, and serve to achieve China’s NDC as well as the 2030 Agenda.