Jun 9, 2020

Workshop with the National Bureau of Statistics on experiences with the German energy statistics system

Jan 14, 2020 Jan 14, 2020

Workshop on energy statistics systems in China and Germany. Copyright: GIZ

Together with leading German experts, the Sino-German Climate Partnership’s energy component held a workshop on energy statistics systems, which are a crucial condition for successful policy-making in the energy sector.

When people think about the energy transition, few consider the importance of energy statistics systems. However, appraising the status quo and progress on targets, making forecasts, planning a low-carbon energy system and designing policies all rely on broad and reliable data on the energy system. A sophisticated energy statistics system is therefore a crucial enabler of the energy transition.

On 14 January 2020, the energy component of the Sino-German Climate Partnership conducted a workshop in Beijing on energy statistics systems in Germany and China. The workshop was attended by members of China’s National Bureau of Statistics, which is responsible for China’s energy statistics, as well as representatives from industry associations and research institutions. In this workshop, a paper by a German expert that had been commissioned by the project was presented. The focus of the paper and the workshop was on comprehensively introducing the German energy statistics system, including the process of compiling and harmonising data, methodological questions, the actors involved, and the sequence of steps from collecting the data to the publication of the official statistics. The paper also described the functions of the Working Group on Energy Balances, which is central to the coordination of other actors and the compilation of the official statistics.

The paper was written by Mr Hans-Joachim Ziesing, who acted as the head of this Working Group for 25 years and gave a talk on its main contents. There was another presentation by Mr Michael Nickel, Head of the Economics Department of BDEW, Germany’s largest energy and water industries association. In this capacity, BDEW also plays an important role in gathering data and coordinating actors, which Mr Nickel described to the participants. After the two German experts, Ms Hu Runqing of the Energy Research Institute introduced the Chinese energy statistics system.

The talks were followed by a question and answer session as well as discussions, which allowed the participants to explore certain aspects of the topic in more detail.

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.