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Capacity Building to support the establishment of a National Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) in China

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project is supporting the responsible government institutions in China in the preparation and introduction of an emission trading scheme (ETS) by providing specialist advice and training. The support covers various aspects of an ETS, including the legal and procedural framework, market oversight, emission caps, allocation mechanisms, trading platforms and registries. A key element is the sharing of experience with German and European institutions. The project is also working to involve the private sector. Companies regulated and firms involved in carbon exchanges and verification are being trained on the ETS, its application and the special characteristics of the different sectors. The focus is on monitoring and reporting requirements. The project is also fostering the regional exchange of knowledge and the involvement of China in international networks related to carbon markets.

State of implementation/results

  • Study trip to Germany and Great Britain undertaken in March 2013 by experts from the pilot region of Shanghai, focusing on the topic of emissions trading and legislation; delegation to Germany and Brussels undertaken in April 2013, led by the Vice-Mayor of Shenzhen and further high-ranking ETS stakeholders from the city on the topic of the EU-ETS and carbon registries
  • Specialist expertise shared; representatives of German and Chinese companies networked at the 'Carbon Emissions Trading Dialogue for Enterprises', which took place in the pilot province of Guangdong in February 2013
  • Workshop for industry carried out in Guangzhou in cooperation with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in November 2012
  • Short-term expert assigned the task of developing an emissions registry in the pilot region of Shenzhen

Project data


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

Partner institution(s):
  • National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) - China, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - China
  • National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - China

BMU grant:
€ 6,500,000

07/2012 till 03/2020


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