Germany and China exchange information on climate change mitigation and air pollution control in transport

The delegation from China visits the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in Berlin.

The study trip took place as part of the IKI project “NDC Transport Initiative for Asia”, which advises three countries of the continent - China, India and Vietnam - on decarbonisation paths in the transport sector.

After the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to hold direct meetings for a long time, it finally did happen at the end of October 2023: a delegation of eight from China visited Germany to exchange ideas on measures to mitigate CO2 emissions and air pollutants in transport with German ministries, organisations and companies. 

Apart from employees from the Chinese Ministry of the Environment, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences also came to Germany.

The delegation was first welcomed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). In an intensive exchange, the Chinese and German sides shared their approaches to the decarbonisation of the transport sector. During the meeting, it became apparent that both countries are relying on the electrification of vehicle fleets and the transfer to environmentally friendly means of transport, in particular from road to rail, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint and air pollutants in transport. 

The next day, the Chinese delegation met the second German ministry responsible for the transport sector in Germany: At the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), both parties exchanged information on the legal framework in Germany, the EU and China for the field of vehicle emissions and air pollution control. Not only the new EURO 7 standard, but also the next phase of the Chinese emissions standard were addressed in the lively debate. 

After the exchange at political level, the following days were filled with a varied programme including visits and exchange formats with the German civil society and the private sector in Berlin and Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg, Siemens and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) were just a few of the locations visited by the Chinese delegation.

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