The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reports on China’s urban renewal and low-carbon development strategies in 2020/21

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Feb 2, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the NDRC summarized China’s urbanization in 2020 and related plans for 2021 in an official press conference. In the area of urban renewal, the NDRC specifically noted the completion of several renewal projects of old urban districts in 2020, as well as an overall improvement in the environmental quality of urban areas.

In addition, the NDRC announced China’s key urban renewal measures for 2021, including the construction of more urban flood control and drainage facilities and the expansion of transportation infrastructure in key urban clusters and metropolitan areas.

In the field of carbon neutrality, China’s overall goals for 2021 are the promotion of a low-carbon energy system, a focus on more efficient energy use in industry, buildings, transportation and infrastructure, and greater efforts in protecting biodiversity.

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
China
Political Partners
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)
Duration

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.