Milestones in China’s Energy and Climate Policy

As the world’s largest carbon emitter, China’s climate commitments in September 2020 to achieve peak carbon before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060 are of profound significance to the global response to climate change. More than a year on from China’s climate pledge, the Chinese government is aligning its policies and strategic planning at all […]

China releases top level policy guidance and action plan to achieve climate target

A step closer to China’s carbon dioxide peaking before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060 goal Top-level design – China’s “1+N” policy system to achieve climate neutrality On 24 October 2021, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council issued the “Working Guidance for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Full and Faithful Implementation of the New […]

Power sector flexibility lessons from Germany for better integration of renewables

This is an invited article for the ECECP “EU-China Energy Magazine” – 2021 Autumn Issue. Electrification of energy consumption with a high share of renewable energy is one of the main pillars of the low-carbon energy transition. Many advanced economies, such as Germany, have achieved a high share of variable wind and solar in their […]

Report sheds light on potential of China’s biomass sector to contribute to carbon neutrality

GIZ supported publication of China 2030/2060-Goal Low-Carbon Biomass Development Blue Paper On 14 September, the China Biomass Energy Industry Promotion Association (BEIPA) launched the China Low-Carbon Biomass Development Blue Paper assessing the potential of China’s biomass sector to contribute to the country’s 2030 carbon peaking and 2060 carbon neutrality goals. According to the report, China’ […]

Economics of Urban Distributed PV in China

This report summarizes the results of an analysis of the economics of distributed solar and solar plus storage across many of China’s largest cities, given time-of-use pricing presently available for residential and commercial consumers. As prices for energy storage and solar photovoltaic continue to become more economical, distributed solar with or without storage is becoming […]

Energy-Efficiency Measures in Industry to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on Energy Efficiency in the Pulp and Paper Sector On 28 July 2021, GIZ and the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC) hosted the Sino-German Conference on Industrial Decarbonization in the Context of Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality. The event provided a platform for representatives from industry, associations, and politics to exchange on […]

Fostering China’s Regional Coal Transition Solutions through Sino-German Cooperation

Agora, GIZ, and other partners hold China-EU Conference on Clean Energy Transition at 2021 Taiyuan Energy Low-Carbon Development Forum On 4 September, the 1st China-EU Conference on Clean Energy Transition successfully took place as a sub-forum of the 2021 Taiyuan Energy Low-Carbon Development Forum in Shanxi, China’s traditional coal region. Thorsten Herdan, Director-General of the […]

Green certificates: trends and ideas from Europe and North America

By Anders Hove and Philipp Geres The existence of voluntary green certificates enables companies and individuals to contribute to accelerating the energy transition, promoting market innovation and better integrating renewable energy consumption. The U.S. and Europe each have thriving markets for tradeable green certificates, called guarantees of origin (GO) in Europe and renewable energy certificates […]

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 worldwide energy transition, in many ways it builds upon earlier […]

Sino-German cooperation promotes heat pump development in China

Standard in support of air-source heat pump development launched On 27 June, China Energy Conservation Association (CECA) launched a new industrial association standard on hybrid systems combining air-source heat pumps and gas boilers. This will effectively promote the standardization of design, construction and validation of energy-saving home comfort systems for heating, regulate the industry development, […]