Sino-German Climate Partnership III

2020 IKI Interface Workshop China

Oct 22, 2020Oct 23, 2020

Introduction On October 22 and 23, the Sino-German Climate Partnership hosted the 2020 International Climate Initiative (IKI) Interface Workshop China on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Conducted entirely virtually due to travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, some 60 experts and officials from various implementing agencies […]

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IKI Update Issue 8 - August-October


Decarbonisation Pathways for the EU Cement Sector

In order to be in line with the Paris Agreement the EU has committed to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 under the European Green Deal. This poses a challenge for some industry sectors, among them the cement sector. Mitigation efforts such as energy efficiency and a fuel switch are not enough for this sector to achieve carbon-neutrality. Most mitigation efforts target energy-related emissions, whereas process emissions will require an expansive roll-out of emerging technologies. This study by the NewClimate Institute aims to identify and analyze key emerging technologies and asses their potential through scenario analysis. Furthermore, it proposes a concept for accelerating mitigation ambition and offer high-level policy recommendations.


Darstellung des deutschen Energiestatistiksystems

When people think about the energy transition, few would think about energy statistical systems. However, in their relevance they are far from being niche topics. After all, appraising the status quo or progress on targets, making forecasts, planning a low-carbon energy system and designing policies all rely on a broad and reliable basis of data on the energy system. Hence, a sophisticated energy statistics system is a crucial enabler of the energy transition. In order to promote the exchange of energy statistics between China and Germany, the Sino-German Climate Partnership commissioned Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, former head of the German “Working Group on Energy Balances” and a renowned German expert on energy statistics, to summarize the German energy statistics system. The focus of the report and the workshop was on introducing the German energy statistics system in a comprehensive way, including the process of compiling and harmonizing data, methodological questions, involved actors, and the sequence of steps from collecting data up to the publication of the official statistics. The paper also described how the “Working Group on Energy Balances” functions, which is a central actor in coordinating other actors and compiling the official statistics. The report is only available in Chinese and German


China Electricity Supply and Demand Report calls for coal expansion despite repeated decline in plant utilization rates

In July, the State Grid Energy Research Institute published its China Electricity Supply and Demand Report 2020. While the first quarter saw a sharp decline in consumption due to COVID-19, a rise in consumption by 1.5-3.5 percent compared to 2019 is expected by the end of 2020. It expects an installed wind capacity of 250 […]

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Grid companies announce bonds to alleviate shortages in feed-in tariff fund

China’s two grid companies (State Grid and Southern Grid) have announced RMB 140bn in special bonds to narrow the funding gap for renewable subsidies. Even as the Chinese government gradually phases out renewable energy subsidies, the available funds for paying out subsidies continue to run a deficit that is projected to reach RMB 300bn by […]

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Support to Sino-German Cooperation on NDC Implementation: Sectoral Best Practice-Review of technologies: Cement sector

This report by Ricardo Energy & Environment focuses on technical measures for a reduction of CO2 emissions within the cement sector. The report goes into five different measures in Europe which could be implemented in China within the next five years. The five measures combined could reduce emissions by up to 20%. Additionally, the report discusses that another option for emissions reduction within the cement sector is to reduce production by reducing demand for cement and using substitutes, increasing longevity, recycling and more. Furthermore, carbon capture and utilization or storage can provide a tool for abating remaining emissions which is critically discussed. The report also conducts a reduction potential assessment for China.


Closing Workshop on Trilateral Cooperation on Climate and Environment

Sep 29, 2020

On September 29, the closing workshop for the first phase of the Sino-German cooperation on climate change and environmental protection with third countries was held online. Two expert teams led by Prof. Imme Scholz (German Development Institute) and Prof. Chen Minpeng (Renmin University) presented the joint study conclusions and recommendations focusing on trilateral cooperation potentials, […]

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Promoting Climate Finance Cooperation at the BRI Green Investment Principles Meeting

Sep 24, 2020

On September 24, Dr. Alexander Fisher, Program Director for Climate Change, Environment, and Natural Resources of GIZ China was invited as a keynote speaker at the Second Plenary Meeting of the Green Investment Principles (GIP) for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The event was organized by the GIP secretariat of the Beijing Institute for […]

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