Climate Cooperation China
On behalf of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

T2D Co-Chairs address next phase of cooperation during COP26; Working Groups start planning for 2022

On 9 November, Prof. MESSNER, President of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), and XU Huaqing, Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), met during the 26th World Climate Conference in Glasgow to discuss upcoming topics concerning the Track 2 Dialogue (T2D). Both Co-Chairs touched upon potential topics for research projects of the working groups, publications of project insights and the possible presentation of results in the context of various conferences.

In 2021, the Working Groups engaged in extensive knowledge exchange on the topics of green transition, market-based mechanisms, long-term low GHG emission and carbon neutrality strategies, and data collection. They presented their results during the Steering Committee Meeting on 30 September.

In the course of December, the working groups initiated the process of formulating goals and specific focal points of research for 2022. On 10 December, working group 1 agreed to continue to focus on the design and implementation of taxonomies. This policy tool would be central to green and sustainable investments and could accelerate a green transition, so the working group members.

T2D Co-Chairs during COP26. XU Huaqing, Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Prof. MESSNER, President of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), and Tim Schubert, International Affairs Officer at UBA (from left to right)

Specific research questions will be defined in the Work Plans for 2022 which are currently being drafted by the working groups.

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Kicking off the Workshop Series on Sino-German Expert Dialogues on Sustainable Finance

On 14 March 2024, more than 40 Chinese and German experts, practitioners, and policy makers discussed technical approaches on how to make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. The high-level participants included financial regulators, commercial and development banks, rating agencies, academia, global initiatives and think tanks

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A Successful Dialogue of the Sino-German Climate Partnership at COP28

On 2 December 2023, the side event entitled “From a Germany-China Track 2 Dialogue (T2D) Perspective: China’s and Germany’s Contribution to the Acceleration of the Renewable Energy Expansion in light of the global stocktake” took place at the German Pavilion at COP 28. Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary of the German Foreign Ministry and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, delivered speeches. This event was jointly hosted by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Chinese National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), and supported by GIZ.

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European Study Tour on Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance

In order to close the significant financing gaps to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and to promote sustainability in the financial sector by integrating ESG factors into investment decision-making, we recognise the urgent need for leading financial professionals to strengthen their expertise on sustainable finance. International expert exchange can play an important role in this regard. To this end, a delegation visit to Germany and Norway was organised by the GIZ-implemented IKI project Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change – Climate Partnership from 5 to 11 November 2023, which facilitated Sino-European technical exchange of financial market professionals and academia.

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