The Sino-German Energy Partnership

The Sino-German Energy Partnership aims to enhance bilateral cooperation on the energy transition, including facilitating the transformation of the energy system towards a sustainable system based on energy efficiency and renewable energy, improve energy security, promote climate protection and mitigate global competition for energy resources.

We support high-level political dialogue, facilitate B2G and fertile business environments, enhance exchange of best-practices and communicate the German and Chinese energy transitions.

Facts & Figures

Population

China is the most populous country on earth, while Germany ranks first in Europe.

China
1382.71
Million (2016)
Germany
82.5
Million (2016)

Sources: China Statistical Yearbook 2017; Statistisches Bundesamt

China: http://www.xiaze.org/2017/indexeh.htm
Germany: https://www-genesis.destatis.de/genesis/online/data;jsessionid=2C0C309860B3C82E86EA0E8E79BC7462.tomcat_GO_1_2?operation=abruftabelleBearbeiten&levelindex=1&levelid=1518163421850&auswahloperation=abruftabelleAuspraegungAuswaehlen&auswahlverzeichnis=ordnungsstruktur&auswahlziel=werteabruf&selectionname=12411-0001&auswahltext=&werteabruf=starten

Total Primary Energy Consumption

While China’s total energy consumption is considerably higher than Germany’s, its per-capita energy consumption is still low in comparison. Along with economic development China’s energy consumption is expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future. By adopting and implementing laws, regulations and guidelines, China seeks to lower its energy intensity and implement sustainable energy consumption. Central environmental objectives by the government include the reduction of energy intensity (energy consumption per unit of GDP) by 15% until 2020 compared to 2015 (13th five-year plan, 2016-2020). Maintaining the patterns of energy usage in Germany, the Energiewende sets the baseline for a transformation of the energy system by phasing out nuclear energy and aiming to use energy more efficiently.

China
4490
Mio. t CE* (2017)
Germany
464
Mio. t CE (2017 preliminary)

*Standard coal equivalent; Source: Annual Report on China’s Energy Development 2017 of EPPEI; AGEB

China: http://www.xiaze.org/2017/indexeh.htm
Germany: https://www.ag-energiebilanzen.de/10-0-Auswertungstabellen.html

Clean energy goals

With the Energiewende Germany has set ambitious goals and is in the process of fundamentally altering its energy supply - phasing out nuclear energy, while switching from fossil fuels to renewables. The aim of the Energiewende is to increase the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption to 60% by 2050. Interim goals are set at 18% by 2020, at 30% by 2030 and at 45% by 2040. China's energy revolution - the transition from an energy system dominated by coal to clean energies - requires great efforts to increase energy efficiency and the utilization of renewable energies. China's 2030 climate targets will contribute to a lower and earlier emissions peak. China proposed, inter alia, an increase in non-fossil energy sources to at least 20%. Until 2020, the governments targets a share of non-fosssil fuels in primary energy consumption of 15% (13th five-year plan, 2016-2020).

China
15
2020
Percent of share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption
China
18
2030
Percent of share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption
Germany
18
2020
percent of share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption
Germany
30
2030
percent of share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption

China's clean energy goals are measured by end-use energy consumption, while Germany measures primary energy consumption.

Sources: NRDC, BMWi
China (2020): http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/INDC/Published%20Documents/China/1/China's%20INDC%20-%20on%2030%20June%202015.pdf
China (2030): https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jake-schmidt/chinas-new-2030-climate-target-will-contribute-lower-and-earlier-emissions-peak
Germany: http://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Publikationen/Energie/fuenfter-monitoring-bericht-energie-der-zukunft.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=38

The Sino-German Energy Partnership

NDRC Vice Director Hu Zucai shaking hands with former State Secretary Rainer Baake in front of the flags of the European Union, China and Germany.
Sino-German Energy Partnership: NDRC Vice Minister Hu Zucai meets former BMWi State Secretary Rainer Baake. Source: BMWi/Andreas Mertens.

Since its initiation in 2006 at the Sino-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation, the bilateral cooperation between China and Germany in the energy sector has developed into a strategic partnership. The Sino-German Energy Partnership links three levels of action: high-level policy dialogue, business-to-government exchange as well as an exchange of experiences on technical and regulatory solutions promoting the energy transition.

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"The Sino-German cooperation on energy already has achieved great success. The German Energiewende and China's Energy Revolution share the goal to establish a clean, safe and efficient energy system. We aim to deepen the exchange and jointly drive innovation for the transition."

LI FANRONG
Vice Administrator, National Energy Administration of P.R. China (NEA)

Milestones

Through its numerous initiatives and activities, the Sino-German Energy Partnership constantly enhances the bilateral cooperation and supports the transformation of the energy systems in both countries.

19
October
2018
Participants of 7th Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Energy, ©NEA
19 October 2018Political Dialogue on Energy

7th Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Energy

03
May
2018
03 May 2018Political Dialogue on Energy Efficiency

4th Sino-German Working Group Meeting on Energy Efficiency Held in Beijing

03
May
2018
03 May 2018Local Business Advisory Council

First Meeting of the German Local Business Advisory Council

15
December
2017
Group photo of kick-off event “Sino-German Demonstration Project on Energy Efficiency in Industry”.
15 December 2017Demonstration Project

Kick-off of Sino-German Demonstration Project on Energy Efficiency in Industry

12
November
2017
Group photo of Chinese delegation at BMWi.
12 November 2017Training Program

Energy Efficiency Incentive Measures and Experiences in Germany 2017

08
June
2017
Group photo of participants with Thorsten Herdan, BMWi Director General and Liang Zhipeng, NEA Deputy Director General
08 June 2017Political Dialogue

6th Meeting of the Energy Working Group

"The Sino-German cooperation on energy efficiency and energy conservation is not only of great significance for the reduction of energy consumption in both countries, it also plays a crucial role in the global effort to improve energy efficiency."

Ren Shuben
Director General, National Development and Reform Commission of P.R. China (NDRC)

What We Can Do For You

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Support Political Dialogue

Political dialogue enables an energy policy exchange, defines the strategic direction of the energy partnership, and builds trust. We prepare and facilitate high-level meetings. We support the implementation of agreed activities. We organize the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and China.

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Provide political counsel

With our unique energy expertise we provide political consultancy services on strategically relevant topics, including continuous counselling as well as preparing studies, analyses, workshops, and trainings.

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Connect Business and Politics

We build bridges between politics and business, facilitate access to decision-makers and help businesses make their position being heard in the partnership countries and involve them by providing the opportunity to contribute their expertise, e.g. in new projects.

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Enhance Energy Transition Communication

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We communicate about energy policy through various channels - in China and Germany. We facilitate know-how and information exchange in order to support the energy transition in both countries and the realization of opportunities by stakeholders in both countries.

"Germany and China are both pioneers as regards the expansion of the use of renewable energies. They aim to establish a secure, affordable and environmentally friendly energy supply."

Rainer Baake
Former State Secretary, Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Events

18 October 2018

2018 International Forum of Energy Transition in Suzhou

When:18th - 19th October 2018

Where: Suzhou, PR China

On 18.-19. October 2018, senior government officials, business leaders and key players in the global energy sector met at the Third International Forum on Energy Transitions (IFET) in Suzhou, China. The international gathering, co-organized by the National Energy Administration of China (NEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government of China, is an important platform for dialogue and collaborative action on how to transform energy systems towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resilient energy future in China and globally.

17 October 2018

2nd Meeting of the German Local Business Advisory Council Held in Shanghai

When: 12:00-17:30, 17th October 2018

Where: Shanghai, PR China.

The German Local Business Advisory Council of the Sino-German Energy Partnership convened for the second time this year on October 17 in Shanghai. Hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Consulate General, organized by GIZ and supported by the German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), the business council serves as an important venue for German energy businesses to gather and regularly engage in a business-to-government dialogue on the most recent developments and market access barriers in China’s energy sector.

28 September 2018

Expert Roundtable on Renewable Energy Auctions and Experiences in Germany

When: 28 September 2018

Where: Beijing

On 28 September 2018, supported by the National Energy Administrition (NEA) the GIZ Sino-German Energy Partnership project and the German Energy Transition Expertise for China project (commissioned by BMWi) jointly hosted an Expert Roundtable on Renewable Energy Auctions and Experiences in Germany, convened in the offices of the China National Renewable Energy Centre. Mr. Malte Luks from German Federal Network Agency and Mr. Anders Hove from GIZ successively introduced German and international renewable energy auction experiences, and participants discussed auction design and development in Germany and China.

06 September 2018

5th Sino-German Energy Conservation & Low Carbon Technology Exchange and Cooperation Forum 2018

When: 6th September 2018

Where: Beijing, PR China.

On September 6th, the Sino-German Energy Conservation and Low Carbon Technology Cooperation and Exchange Forum was held for the fifth consecutive year in Beijing. The main objective of the forum was to build a bridge between Germany’s innovative technologies and products and China’s energy service companies and energy-intense companies. In doing so, the forum fostered and provided for technical exchange, demonstration of best practices and business opportunities. More than 200 leading Chinese energy service companies and energy-intense companies participated in the event.

05 July 2018

Training Workshop on Life Cycle Costs Analysis of Energy Saving Projects

Shortly after the Sino-German Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable, a training workshop on “Life Cycle Costs Analysis of Energy Saving Projects” is scheduled for 5 July 2018 in Beijing. The training workshop is organized by the Sino-German Energy Partnership and the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC). During the workshop, representatives from six companies, who currently participate in the Sino-German demonstration project “Energy saving in the energy intensive industry through implementation of energy diagnoses”, will be trained on dynamic economic calculation for energy saving projects, life cycle costs analysis and the use of Life Circle Cost Analysis (LCCA) Tools developed by Energetic Solutions. The training will be provided by Mr. Jan W. Bleyl, CEO of “Energetic Solutions”.

For further information, please contact Mr. YANG Neng (neng.yang(at)giz.de).

04 July 2018

Sino-German Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable on Energy Saving Diagnosis (Energy Audit)

On 4 July 2018 the second Sino-German Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable on energy saving diagnosis will be held in Beijing (click here for information of the first Sino-German Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable event). The roundtable event is jointly organized by the Sino-German Energy Partnership project and the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC) in China. The CEO of “Energetic Solutions”, Mr. Jan W. Bleyl, and the Director of the Energy Efficiency Center of the Energy Research Institute (ERI), Dr. Bai Quan, will separately introduce the “Status quo, problems and experiences of implementing energy diagnoses (energy audits)” in Germany and China. Several experts from the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) are also invited to discuss the latest national standards on energy audits in China.

For further information, please contact Mr. YANG Neng (neng.yang(at)giz.de).

09 June 2018

Sino-German Alumni Salon on "Energy Industry / Clean Energy Technologies"

On 09 June 2018, the GIZ country office in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Development and Reform Commission of Shanxi hosted a co-organized a one-day alumni workshop in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. The thematic focus of this year’s event was laid on Sino-German cooperation in the field of energy and clean energy technologies. Shanxi is committed to become a role model region for low-carbon development and green economy. To this end, the Shanxi government has been actively pushing industrial modernization, green economy and innovation. About 30 companies took part in the event. During the workshop, the Sino-German Energy Partnership introduced its activities and discussed cooperation potentials for German and Chinese companies in the energy sector. The Program „Cooperation for Sustainability NRW – Shanxi” is politically and financially supported through the Federal State North Rhine-Westphalia and the Chinese Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Technology and Energy the Development and Reform Commission of Shanxi province. For further information, please contact Ms Anja Weckwert (anja.weckwert(at)giz.de) or Dr. Melisande Liu (melisande.liu(at)giz.de).

 

09
June
2018
16 April 2018

Sino-German Green Heating Forum

The annual Green Heating Conference (integrated from past events - Heat Metering China, Smart Heat China and Clean Heating Conference) welcomes a delegation of German experts organized by the Sino-German Energy Partnership participating in Qingdao, Shandong province from 16 -19 April 2018. The Conference is organized by the Heat Metering Print Magazine and Heat & Cool Metering Working Committee (HMWC) of the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency. A separate technical workshop on sustainable transformation of heat supply will take place around the same time in Beijing.

For more information, please contact Mr Yang Neng (neng.yang(at)giz.de), Technical Advisor, Sino-German Energy Partnership.

06 March 2018

Workshop on Advanced Power Plant Flexibility

On 6-8 March 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Electric Power Planning & Engineering Insititute (EPPEI) jointly organized an expert workshop on the topic “Flexibility in Thermal Power Plants”. This event took place under the framework of the Advanced Power Plant Flexibility Campaign (APPFC) launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM08) in June 2017. Leading countries of the campaign are Germany, China and Denmark. The Sino-German Energy Partnership supported the workshop by providing German expertise and disseminate the Chinese version of the Agora Energy Transition study on “Flexibility in Thermal Power Plants”, which was conducted in the framework of the partnership.  The CEM Campaign builds strong momentum and international commitment to climate friendly power generation through a range of high-level events from technical workshops and capacity building to multilateral exchanges.

05 December 2017

Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable

On 5 December 2017 the Sino-German Energy Partnership held the Sino-German Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable in Beijing.

Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable
05
December
2017
Energy Efficiency Expert Roundtable
07 November 2017

Energy Efficiency at the China Pavilion, COP23

Some of the policies, measures and actions that China has been undertaking to address climate change were showcased to the global audience at the first side event of the China Pavilion at COP23 on 7 November 2017. The Expert Roundtable “Contribution of Energy Efficiency Improvement to Global Climate Change Mitigation” was organized by the Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection of the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC). Invited by the Sino-German Energy Partnership, German experts from the public sector and the green financing area participated in the panel discussions on “Energy Efficiency in China – New Situation, Strategy and Opportunity” and “Public Sector Leading Green Low-Carbon Development in China”.

Panel Discussion during the side event at the China Pavilion, COP23 in Bonn
07
November
2017
Panel Discussion during the side event at the China Pavilion, COP23 in Bonn / Picture: ©NDRC
06 November 2017

Study Tour on Green Economy and Green Financing Policies in Europe

Following COP 23, the Sino-German Energy Partnership in support of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) organized a study tour on “Green Economy and Green Financing Policies in Europe”. Participants discussed about the definition and boundary of green finance and green economy as well as the required legal and political frameworks for the development of green finance. Moreover, the exact working mechanism and products as well as the references and lessons-learned for China were presented. GIZ organized several exchange meetings with experts from GIZ headquarter, the German development bank KfW and experts from the private sector in Switzerland, which gave the Chinese delegation a wide and indepth overview of green financing and green economy in Germany and other European countries.

Exchange on “Green Financing” at GIZ headquarter in Eschborn, Germany
06
November
2017
Exchange on “Green Financing” at GIZ headquarter in Eschborn, Germany / Picture: ©NDRC
24 October 2017

Sino-German Environmental Protection and Energy Technology Exchange Workshop

Together with the company Arqum GmbH, the Sino-German Energy Partnership organized the half-day expert workshop “Sino-German Environmental Protection and Energy Technology Exchange” in Suzhou (Jiangsu Province) on 24 October 2017. The workshop had the objective of introducing sustainable solutions for environmental challenges in the areas of waste gas, waste water and energy consumption in two industrial parks in Suzhou - Suzhou New Hightech District (SND) and Suzhou Industry District (SIP) - as well as contributing to the establishment of energy efficiency networks (EEN) in China.

07 September 2017

4th Sino-German Energy Conservation Exchange and Cooperation Forum

Jointly organized by the Sino-German Energy Partnership and EMCA, the Chinese industry association of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), the 4th Sino-German Energy Conservation & Low Carbon Technology Exchange and Cooperation Forum took place from 7th to 8th of September in Linyi City, Shandong Province. The forum brought together technology providers and ESCOs through technical exchange, demonstrating best practices and providing the opportunity for networking. More than 200 Chinese energy service companies and representatives from energy-intensive industries participated in the forum. Invited by GIZ and EMCA, 16 advanced energy-saving technologies from China and Germany covering the areas of energy efficiency in buildings, lighting, recycling of waste energy and air compression were presented at the forum.

Exchange between Chinese ESCO representatives and a German technology provider
07
September
2017
Exchange between Chinese ESCO representatives and a German technology provider / Picture: ©EMCA
09 June 2016

Expert Workshop "Flexibilising Coal-Fired Power Plants"

The workshop was organized jointly between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Chinese Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI) and was held within the framework of the Sino-German Energy Partnership under the auspices of the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of Germany.

Media Elements

Subjects
Media Type
Report

China Renewable Energy Outlook 2018 Folder

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China Energy Policy Newsletter November 2018 (English)

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Energie in China Newsletter 11.2018 (German)

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BMWi National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (Chinese)

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Agora Energiewende Study “Flexibility in Thermal Power Plants” (Chinese)

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China Energy Policy Newsletter October 2018 (English)

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BMWi Energy Transition Newsletter 06.2018 (Chinese)

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China Energy Policy Newsletter September 2018 (English)

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BMWi Energy Transition Newsletter 05.2018 (Chinese)

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Partners

Political Partners

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

www.bmwi.de

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The Ministry has the necessary legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

www.ndrc.gov.cn

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is China’s main ministry-level economic planning bod, and has broad authority over macroeconomic planning and administration of the Chinese economy. It holds power over pricing policies and national medium-to-long term economic plans, while also drafting strategy and guiding policies for a range of sectors from climate change, resource allocation and regional development to industrial production and climate change.

National Energy Administration (NEA)

www.nea.gov.cn

The National Energy Administration (NEA) drafts China’s energy strategy, formulates energy policy and laws, and promotes institutional reform in the energy sector. NEA regulates energy sectors including coal, oil, gas, power (incl. nuclear power) and renewable energy. NEA is under administration of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

www.giz.de/en

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provides international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work. It is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas.

National Energy Conservation Center (NECC)

www.chinanecc.cn/website/index.shtml

The National Energy Conservation Center (NECC) is a subordinate institute of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Its main responsibilities include but are not limited to research, technology promotion, information dissemination and international cooperation in energy conservation.

Energy Research Institute (ERI)

www.eri.org.cn

The Energy Research Institute (ERI) is the national research organization conducting comprehensive studies on China’s energy economic issues closely related with social and economic development.

China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI)

www.creei.cn

China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) is the institutional organization which is responsible for the integrated technology management in hydro power, wind and PV energy areas. Its main remit is to provide technical support and public services around RE in a number of areas.

In Cooperation with

China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)

www.cnrec.org.cn

CNREC is the national institution for assisting china’s energy authorities in renewable energy policy research, and industrial management and coordination.

Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI)

www.eppei.com

The Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) is a national institute providing consulting services to the government, financial institutions, electric power industry and relevant enterprises. It covers projects.

China Academy of Building Research (CABR)

www.cabr.com.cn

The China Academy of Building Research (CABR) is the largest comprehensive research institute focusing on building industry in China. Since 2000, it transferred from the public institute into a technology-based enterprise and carries out its mission in catering to the needs of building and construction industries nationwide.

AHK Greater China

http://china.ahk.de/

AHK Greater China, which is part of the German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide Network (AHK), represents Sino-German bilateral business interests and offers comprehensive services through its business and membership platforms. Coordinated by AHK Greater China, econet china (econet-china.com) is an initiative of the German industry for the promotion of Sino-German cooperation for sustainability, specialized in building, energy and environment.

dena - Deutsche Energie Agentur

www.dena.de

dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the "Agency for the Applied Energy Transition" we contribute to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives.

ESCO Committee of China Energy Conservation Association (EMCA)

www.emca.cn

ESCO Committee of China Energy Conservation Association (EMCA) was established in December 2003, with the support of China National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Word Bank, and Global Environment Facility. As a national association for China energy service companies, EMCA aims to promote the energy performance contracting and the development of ESCO industry in China.

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

www.gtai.de/china-energie

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The company helps create and secure extra employment opportunities, strengthening Germany as a business location. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, Germany Trade & Invest supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.