Apr 13, 2019

China and Germany hold International Climate Initiative Workshop

Apr 11, 2019 Apr 11, 2019
Beijing, China

Participants at the IKI Workshop in Beijing © GIZ

11 April 2019 – Beijing – On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-German Climate Partnership, experts from Chinese and German government ministries, institutions, and organizations met in Beijing to enable knowledge transfer and exchange on shared challenges, synergies and scaling-up potential of IKI projects. The workshop was hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).

Participants at the workshop discussed a wide range of matters within the context of Sino-German cooperation and climate policy implementation, such as energy, biodiversity, urbanization, transport, carbon markets, and regional development. The experience and ideas exchanged provided a litany of lessons learned for both sides to incorporate into policy design and implementation going forward. Furthermore, the workshop served as a platform to assess the successes of the partnership and demonstrate how climate collaboration is one of the cornerstones of strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations. The workshop takes place once in a year, either in Germany or in China.

“Through this cooperation, [Germany] has deepened its understanding of China’s needs, problems, and challenges in these fields,” said Stephan Contius, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). “Our cooperation is the driver for strategic dialogue between our two countries.”

Mr. Chen Zhihua, Director of the Division of International Cooperation, Department of Climate Change from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) emphasized the importance of the intensive policy exchange and called for an integrated approach for alliance of the goals on low carbon transition and climate mitigation and adaptation.

The workshop as a preparatory event is part of the annual Working Group Meeting on Climate Change between Germany and China held on April 12, 2019. Much of the workshop involved discussing key areas of existing cooperation and potential for future cooperation between China and Germany.

During the annual Workshop Group Meeting on Climate Change between Germany and China on April 12 © GIZ

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.