Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Policies

Project description

Title: Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change – Climate Partnership
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Country: People’s Republic of China
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China
Overall term: 2020 to 2025

Climate IV photo 1: Copyright GIZ – BMU delegation visit led by Dr Karsten Sach in Beijing as part of a Sino-German working group on the environment and climate protection.


China emits the most greenhouse gases of any country in the world. As such, its climate protection measures will have enormous ramifications worldwide. However, China still needs stronger institutions and laws to counter climate change.

The country has set itself far-reaching environmental and climate protection goals for 2030. Its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak by 2030 and it will become carbon neutral by 2060. But implementing these goals poses enormous challenges, among which are uneven geographical distribution of resources and economic power, differences in the degree of development between urban and rural areas and a lack of financial and technical support.


The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) is being supported in designing and implementing effective climate policies so that China can achieve its climate goals for 2030 earlier.


  • The project is supporting the political dialogue on climate protection – such as the Working Group on the Environment and Climate Change in which both countries’ environmental ministries regularly interact.
  • It is also organising annual networking meetings for the International Climate Initiative (IKI), which brings together participating institutions within China’s ongoing projects.
  • It is encouraging informal dialogue among experts and is reinforcing cooperation on climate between China, Germany and third countries. It is also helping to secure more funding for climate financing and other green forms of financing.

Last update: July 2021

Climate IV photo 2: Copyright GIZ – BMU delegation visiting China.

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