China and Germany Expand Cooperation in Sustainability

2011-07-06

Bright prospects for China’s green revolution: During the visit of China’s Premier Wen Jiabao in Germany and the first Sino-German Intergovernmental Consultation Mechanism, China and Germany have agreed on a stronger cooperation in sustainability. The agreements between the two governments as well as with German and Chinese companies cover areas such as E-mobility, recycling and hazardous waste management, sustainable urban development and energy efficiency.


Bright prospects for China’s green revolution: During the visit of China’s Premier Wen Jiabao in Germany and the first Sino-German Intergovernmental Consultation Mechanism, China and Germany have agreed on a stronger cooperation in sustainability. The agreements between the two governments as well as with German and Chinese companies cover areas such as E-mobility, recycling and hazardous waste management, sustainable urban development and energy efficiency.

Overall, 14 economical and political agreements were signed during the 6th German-Chinese Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation. The two countries aim at increasing the bilateral trade volume from its current peak of 130 billion Euro in 2010 to 200 billion Euro by 2015. China and Germany announced to continue the efforts of their strategic environmental dialogue. The focus will be on cooperation in low carbon development, developing a strategic partnership in e-mobility, energy efficient building and the development of low carbon eco-cities. In addition, cooperation in the area of battery recycling shall be intensified.

The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) signed a joint statement, planning to define and implement joint pilot projects in energy efficient building and low-carbon urban development. The two ministries will support die cooperation between German and Chinese partners in this field, mainly by intensifying the collaboration between the decision makers in German and Chinese cities. Over the next two decades alone, China is expected to build 20,000 to 50,000 new skyscrapers. How to save energy in the building sector and how to build green quality buildings belong to the most urgent issues in China.

A second agreement was reached in the area of e-mobility and energy efficiency in transportation. China and Germany will intensify their cooperation regarding fuel cell driven vehicles, especially through the exchange between Chinese and German model cities and regions. On the Chinese side, Wuhan, Dalian and Shenzhen will be participating. The German regions and cities targeted are the Rhein/Ruhr region, Bremen/Oldenburg and Hamburg. Direct agreements will be concluded between the individual regions. China will sell 1 million electric vehicles per year until 2015. It aims to have more than 500,000 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) and PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) driving on the streets by 2015 and five million by 2020.

During the consultations economic contracts worth more than ten million Euros were signed by German and Chinese companies. Among these is the agreement between China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Siemens. Siemens will assist China to invest in its green infrastructure and build its economic growth upon a strong fundament of sustainability. The cooperation focuses on environmentally friendly urban development. In addition, Siemens and its Chinese partners will conduct joint research in the areas of energy saving, smart grids, e-mobility, carbon capture and storage as well as sustainable traffic systems, topics which are a focus of China’s 12th 5-year-plan (2011-2015). Car manufacturer Volkswagen will build two new car factories in Yizheng and Foshan, including a cooperation with Volkswagen’s Chinese partner First Automotive Works (FAW) for the development of electric cars.

Wen Jiabao stressed, China and Germany should expand their cooperation on new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection and would hopefully be able to make substantive progress in their cooperation in new energy based transportation, building efficiency and low-carbon eco-city development. China’s Premier encouraged German companies to actively participate in the planning and construction of the first Chinese-German Eco-Park which is expected to be built in Qingdao (see econet monitor November 2010). Wen furthermore announced, China will work to be more accessible for small and medium sized companies. The China Development Bank will provide special loans amounting to two billion Euros for the Sino-German cooperation of small and medium enterprises.

With the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Germany and the Fourth Sino-German Environmental Forum approaching in 2012, promoting sustainability plays a more important role than ever in Sino-German cooperation.

Sources:
www.china.com.cn/international/zhuanti/node_7120936.htm
news.sina.com.cn/z/wjbcfoz/index.shtml



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