Climate Risk and Resilience
Jul 16, 2020

SGUP China Team Meet CAUPD for Further Cooperation

Jan 1, 1970

In May and June, SGUP held meetings with the International Cooperation Office of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) and the Beijing Research and Development Center of Building Energy Efficiency (BCEE) in Beijing. In-depth exchanges were held with both partners on recent progress and potential cooperation under the framework of the SGUP project for the remainder of the project period until June 2021. The SGUP China team shared project news from the past few months and their work plan for 2020-2021. SGUP strengthened communications and exchange with all partners in China and actively cooperated on project topics and key concerns of MoHURD.

CAUPD introduced the policy priorities of MoHURD in 2020, and their interest in topics such as plus-energy and passive housing. Meanwhile, as national policies and the global agenda on climate change evolve, the business focus of CAUPD has gradually shifted from urban planning at all levels to sustainable planning and green development in urbanization, with a particular focus on integrating climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues in infrastructure investment planning related to transportation, energy, construction, water and waste management. These trends are in line with the key topics of SGUP.

CAUPD is a leading academy and national center for urban planning research, design and information, which provides scientific research and professional technical support for MoHURD on policymaking and implementation.

BCEE, who showed a strong interest in cooperating with SGUP, presented the center’s demonstration rooms and related training facilities in the field of energy-efficient buildings.

BCEE is a non-profit legal entity owned by the Beijing State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission. It mainly focuses on research and development of new building technologies, technical consultation and services, and research and development of energy-saving materials and products.

Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

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

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.