Facing rapid urbanisation and economic growth in the last decades, the transport sector has become the fastest growing consumer of fossil fuels and the fastest growing source of GHG emissions in China. At the same time, the Chinese government has addressed the topic of climate protection as an increasingly important policy issue over the past years. Now, strong capacities have to be built in the relevant institutions at national, provincial and municipal level to develop, implement and monitor strategies, policies and measures to mitigate climate change.
Together with the local implementation partner, the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), one of the leading think tanks of China’s Ministry of Transport (MoT), the Sino-German cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project, implemented by GIZ, is conducting a study on a roadmap for China’s low carbon transport development and scenario evaluation. The study is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
The official kick-off workshop of this study was held on 16th of March, 2017 in Beijing with around 50 participants welcomed by Mr. Yang Jiangang from MoT, Ms. Sandra Retzer from GIZ and Mr. Chen Xianjin from CATS. The sessions included key presentations on the German Climate Action Plan 2050 as well as presentations on China’s policies for addressing climate change, China’s national travel demand forecast, and China’s low carbon transport development roadmap and scenario analysis.
Well respected Chinese experts from the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the China Academy of Sciences, the Energy Research Institute of NDRC, the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), the Beijing Institute of Technology and several representatives from local and provincial transport departments were invited to share their ideas and give comments on research methodology, model establishment and scenario development.
The study aims to develop a transparent nationwide transport energy demand and emission modelling tool to illustrate an overall picture of China’s transportation GHG emissions in the mid- and long-term. Further, the study will make recommendations on policy directions towards a low carbon transition. The interim results of the study will be presented during COP 23 in Bonn.