Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change – NDC Implementation
As of: June 2021
As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China faces many challenges in achieving the nationally determined contributions (NDC) it has set for 2030. The project is part of the Sino-German cooperation and contributes to the implementation of ambitious climate policies within the 14th Five-Year Plan. In particular, the project supports the development of knowledge, resources and capacities within the national government as well as within the administrations of selected provinces. Key issues include the national coordination of climate policies and climate legislation. In addition, the project cooperates with provinces and cities on mitigating greenhouse gases, adapting to climate change and developing climate finance opportunities. The cooperation also includes mitigation in industrial sectors. The political dialogue with Germany is an important element of the project.
State of implementation/results
- The virtual project launch took place on 29.01.2021 in the framework of the Chinese-German Cooperation on Climate Change. The event stressed the relevance of the Chinese Government’s climate targets for 2030 and 2060 as well as the decisions by EU Heads of State and Government on reducing emissions. The same day, the project steering committee confirmed the cooperation with partner provinces Shandong and Inner Mongolia. Despite structural differences between them, both are characterized by a high potential for reducing emissions. The meeting also confirmed a focus on reducing emissions in the cement sector. The GIZ had already commissioned two studies on the sector in 2020. In a next step, a cooperation with the Chinese Cement Association as well as the Energy Research Institute will be launched.
- The project took part in a virtual meeting organized by the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad on climate targets and measures of German industrial companies. The meeting aimed at supporting the sectorial dialogue and exchange on practices regarding climate mitigation in China, because the industry is facing particularly big challenges due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the industry is one of the most important actors when it comes to achieving the climate targets. 23 representatives of German companies in China participated in the meeting, including from BASF, Siemens Energy, Otto Fuchs Technology, Wacker Chemicals and ThyssenKrupp.
- To have a good basis for the project activities, implementing partners Climate Analytics, NewClimate Institute and Ricardo Energy & Environment have commissioned five studies on decarbonisation and adaptation in the EU, Germany and China, and have published a collection of Fact Sheets in cooperation with GIZ.