May 29, 2020

Workshop on low-carbon heating action plan in Xintai

Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019
Xintai, Shandong

Dissemination workshop in Xintai. Copyright GIZ 2019.

On 27 November, the project organised a workshop for local government officials in the city of Xintai in Shandong Province. During the workshop, the results and main recommendations from a low-carbon heating plan for rural areas of Xintai were presented. The plan was formulated in close coordination with Xintai’s administration by a group of Chinese consultants with the support of German consultants from Fraunhofer Institute. Representatives of both consultant groups attended the workshop. Four rural areas of Xintai were proposed by Xintai’s government as pilot areas to work with. The plan contains concrete measures to reduce carbon emissions from heating and gives estimates of the associated costs. It also puts special emphasis on measures that can be realised in the short term.

The main measures proposed in the report are switching supply from dispersed coal to air source heat pumps, district heating and biomass, while at the same time conducting energy efficiency measures. These range from the refurbishment of existing buildings with wall, ceiling and roof insulation to the introduction of a high energy saving standard for new buildings. The report states that through the transformation of heating in rural areas, Xintai City can reduce CO2 emissions by 377,000 tonnes during the 2022 heating period and improve air quality. The plan proposes planning, monitoring and steering mechanisms to guide implementation, as well as a range of financing mechanisms such as government investments, PPPs, and low-interest loans. Mr Wang Yexun, Director of the Xintai Development and Reform Commission, thanked the expert team for the plan and said that Xintai City will carry out specific work on heating in rural areas in accordance with the measures and the technical route proposed in the plan. During the meeting, Mr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp from the Fraunhofer Institute emphasised the importance of retrofitting rural houses.

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.