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Membership in the China Clean Transportation Partnership (CCTP)

The IKI-projects Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) and NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) have become members of the China Clean Transportation Partnership (CCTP). CCTP is a non-governmental, non-profit and voluntary platform formed by leading institutions in the field of transport, energy and climate-policy. CCTP aims to promote innovation in clean transport, and […]

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MEE Released Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial), Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector and GHG Emission Reporting Working Notice

On March 29 and 30, 2021, the MEE released the “Verification Guideline for GHG Emission (trial)” as well as the “Monitoring and Reporting Guideline of GHG Emissions for Power Generation Sector” respectively. Compared to the previous draft, the final Verification Guideline tightens the criteria for companies that might be exempted from on-site investigations; this should […]

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Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Released Updated Draft Ordinance of Chinese Carbon Emission Trading

On March 30, 2021, the MEE released an updated draft of the national emissions trading system (ETS) Ordinance for public comments by April 30, 2021. Compared with the existing “Administrative Measure for National ETS (Trial)” issued by MEE, the Ordinance will be approved and released by the State Council and have higher legal effectiveness. The […]

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Carbon neutral bonds, as a type of green bonds, support China’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060

China International Capital Corporation acted as the lead underwriter for China’s first “carbon neutral” green financial bond issued by China Development Bank (CDB), China’s top policy bank. This 3-year bond, with an issuance size of CNY 20bn and a coupon rate of 3.07%, was offered to global investors through the Bond Connect scheme on March […]

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Volkswagen’s Roadmap to Becoming CO2-neutral

Alongside a number of other companies, the Volkswagen Group (VW) has set a target for achieving climate neutrality. Volkswagen aims to become a carbon neutral group by 2050 and has set interim targets for the years 2025 and 2030. By 2025 Volkswagen seeks to reduce carbon emissions of cars as well as light commercial vehicles […]

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New date announced for CBD COP 15 in Kunming

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has considered and approved revised dates for COP 15. The meeting will now be held from October 11 to 24, 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The dates were proposed based on consultations held by the Bureau members with […]

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Illegal CFC emissions in China have stopped

According to two recently published peer-reviewed articles emissions of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), a potent ozone depleting substance banned under the Montreal Protocol since 2010, have since 2018 started to decline at a rate closer to the one expected if the Protocol was fully adhered to. These findings indicate a reversal from previously documented higher than expected […]

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14th Five-Year Plan outline sets framework for the next five years of China’s energy transition, detailed sectoral and provincial plans will follow

On March 5, 2021, China’s government published the main outlines of the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2021-2025). For the energy sector, it includes a target to improve energy intensity of GDP by 13.5% and carbon intensity by 18%. The plan also calls for non-fossil energy to provide 20% of primary energy consumption, compared to the […]

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Preparation of an innovative digital training format for the Sino-German Mayors’ Program 2021

As part of this year’s Sino-German Mayors Program 2021, which will take place semi-virtually due to the global pandemic, the SGUP project is currently preparing a digital training format for May 2021. The aim is to educate Chinese participants on sustainable urbanization through video lectures by selected experts and film portraits of German cities. For […]

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Lawmakers Commented on the Current Stage of China’s ETS

During the “Two Sessions” of China this March, deputies and members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have commented on the national ETS. Overall, they suggested that 1) the national ETS should have trading activities as soon as possible, 2) relevant system construction of the national ETS needs […]

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