Energy Transition

Global mission, long-term strategy

The energy transition is a pathway towards a future energy supply and consumption system that is secure, low-carbon, and economically viable. Decarbonization of the energy sector requires urgent actions on a global scale. China and Germany are paving the way towards a global energy transition. Following this long-term strategy, both countries have set ambitious goals. Germany aims to increase the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption to 60% by 2050. China’s climate targets foresee a peaking of emissions before 2030, and CO2 neutrality by 2060. China proposed, inter alia, an increase in non-fossil energy sources to at least 25% by 2030.

Energy transition, we are making progress

In China, the Energy Revolution has catapulted the country towards becoming the largest installer of renewable energy capacities by far, and its energy conservation programs target thousands of companies throughout the country. For a long time, Germany has been a pioneer in climate protection and perceived as a global role model for a successful Energiewende. In Germany, the share of renewables in the electricity consumption has grown steadily – rising from around 6% in 2000 to around 46% in 2020. Amongst others, energy audits and energy efficiency networks between companies have become common tools showcasing the German industries’ efforts in pursuing the principle “Efficiency First!”.

Facilitating dialogues to accelerate the energy transition in both countries

With the persistent successful implementation of various Sino-German cooperation projects in the energy sector, we’ve established a central platform for institutionalized energy policy dialogue between China and Germany. By supporting high-level political dialogue, facilitating exchange of best practices and knowledge, and advising regulatory framework establishment, we aim to foster and advance the far-reaching and profound energy transitions in both countries.

Facts & Figures

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Total primary energy consumption in 2019, making China the largest energy consumer globally
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Share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption – China’s 2030 clean energy goal

News & Articles

China Energy Transition Status Report 2021

An overview on some of the highlights of China’s year in energy transition for an international audience. The last 12 months have been a momentous period for China’s energy and climate policy. While President Xi’s 2060 carbon neutral announcement represented a watershed moment in the

China Energy Transition Policies 2020

Summary of China’s Important Energy and Climate Policies and Developments President Xi Jinping’s announcement of peaking carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, the end of the 13th Five Year Plan period and preparations for drafting the 14th Five Year Plan,

Foster women’s contribution, accelerate the global energy transition

Launch Event for the “Women in Green Energy” Initiative “Diversity and women’s participation in the energy transition are not only a question of human rights, but also a source of innovation.” On 7 December 2020, the Sino-German Energy Partnership launched the “Women in Green Energy”


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