Capacity Building for the Establishment of
Emissions Trading Schemes in China

About Us

According to China’s commitment in its preparation of the Paris Agreement, China will reach its emissions peak by 2030 and reduce its emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 per cent during the same period. To achieve the government’s ambitious emissions reduction targets and transform the economy, the introduction of a national Emission Trading System (ETS) is regarded as a major contribution. China is the first emerging economy to launch a trading scheme to limit GHG emissions.

Since its initiation in 2012, the Sino-German project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) in China” aims to support the Chinese government in this endeavour through the deepening of the knowledge and strengthening of the political leverage of key institutions and stakeholders required to develop and operate an emission trading scheme during the pilot phase at the local level. To support the roll out of the national ETS in 2016, the services are also provided on the national level.

The project is jointly implemented by GIZ and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. It is executed on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) that is financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition.

ETS in China

Project Activities

In line with the “National ETS Training Notice for the Power Sector on Allowance Allocation Trial Calculation and Administrative Management” of the MEE (环办培训函〔2019〕132号), eight sessions consisting of 17 trainings were successfully conducted between 23 October and 8 December in 15 cities all around China. More than 4,400 trainees from provincial and local authorities, supporting [...]
12th to 14th March 2019, GIZ and the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange (SEEE) together with the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) organized a technical workshop to discuss practical aspects of establishing, operating and supervising an emissions trading platform in Shanghai. 35 participants engaged in in-depth discussions on market [...]
November 26, 2018 – On the 20th and 21st of November, the sixth and last advanced training this year took place in Wuhan, a city which is not only the capital of one of the pilot regions for carbon trading but also famous for its famous university campus that attracts bulks of tourists during the [...]


27 December 2019 - The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published the “Notice on Emissions Data Collection for 2019”. As in past years, companies that emit more than 26,000 t CO2 per year and are part of the eight [...]
23 December 2019 – The Fujian Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment issued the “Fujian Carbon Market Allowance Allocation Plan for 2019”. 246 enterprises from nine sectors, namely power, iron and steel, ceramic, petro-chemical, chemical, paper making, flat glasses, cement [...]
25 November 2019 – According to Chinese officials, the regional ETS pilots will continue operating until 2025. Afterwards they shall be integrated into the national ETS. By end of November, the regional ETS pilots in Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Fujian, [...]