Sino-German climate partnership - Phase III - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Sino-German climate partnership - Phase III

As of: April 2021

With its nationally determined contributions (NDCs), China has committed to achieving its CO2-emissions target and a transformation to a climate-friendly economy by 2030. The project contributed to the achievement of China’s NDCs by supporting the partners in setting up a holistic climate protection system that drove the transition to a sustainable energy system based on energy efficiency and renewable energies, and promoted the transition to a “low carbon economy”. The project supported the bilateral policy dialogue between BMU and the Chinese Ministry of the Environment and Ecology (MEE) and the mutual sharing of experience through targeted consultation. Activities at local level strengthened capacities for the effective implementation of integrated climate protection approaches. Cooperation topics derived from the dialogue (e.g. South-South cooperation) were also prepared for IKI portfolio development.
Predecessor project(s)
Sino-German Climate Partnership Sino-German Climate Partnership and Cooperation on Renewable Energies

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • The 10th Working Group onEnvironment and Climate between the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), with the support of the project, was successfully held virtually in May 2020. --The project carried out six capacity building measures in 2019 and 2020, which provided the participants with tools to implement climate protection at the local level. Target groups were energy departments of city governments and local advisory or research units. In 2019 the topic was climate-friendly heat supply. In summer 2019 two measures took place in the cities of Changzhi (Shanxi Province) and Zhengzhou (Henan Province), and in winter 2019 a study trip to Germany and Austria. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the measures took place as online semonars in 2020. Topics were "Green economic recovery in the energy sector", "System integration of renewable energies" and "Energy master planning". A total of 194 persons participated in all training courses.
  • 2019 the project prepared an action plan for climate-friendly heat generation for the city of Xintai (Shandong Province). The city already implemented many of the measures in 2020, e.g. energy rehabilitation and bioenergy in the district heating network.
  • The project published specialist publications on the German energy statistics system, the German municipal directive (see link 1), on the methodology of urban energy and climate concepts (see link 2) and on structural change and energy system transformation in German energy regions. --The project supported various conferences, for example with contributions on German experiences in NDC implementation, climate legislation, climate financing, integrated energy planning or structural change and energy system transformation in industrial areas.
  • The exchange of German and Chinese experts in January 2018 about methods and designing project activities to support local energy transition led to the first tentative analysis of German Experience, to a better understanding of diverse perspectives and to a summary of potential synergies with other actors. The project organized a workshop on the development of long-term climate change strategies in China on 19 December 2018 in Beijing. Experts from Climate Analytics, NCSC, Energy Research Center, State Information Center, and Renmin University participatd in this event. A kick-off workshop was held on 20.03.19 with Chinese partner Energy Research Institute (ERI) and The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), the contractor responsible for design and implementation, to prepare a series of capacity-building training sessions on the climate-friendly energy transition at local level. The training sessions are designed to give participants from city governments and energy administrations a range of flexible tools on how to implement climate change at a local level. The first three workshops focus on climate-friendly heat supply. As part of the project's energy component, two capacity building trainings for Chinese local governments on Low-Carbon Renewable Energy Heating have been conducted. A total of 131 participants from numerous local governments from various provinces particitpated. For both trainings there has been close collaboration with local experts and organisations to adapt the subjects to local needs, which contributed to the success of the events.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH - China

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment - China

Implementing partner(s):
  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment - China

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

09/2017  till  10/2020


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