Shenzhen Industry Training on Emissions Trading

04 September 2014 – GIZ, Shenzhen DRC and the Shenzhen Emission Exchange jointly organised an emissions trading training session to build capacity for the development and understanding of emissions trading amongst enterprises from the power and manufacturing sector in Shenzhen. With participation of renowned national and international experts the training has been well received by all participants and has made a sustainable impact on their carbon trading operations.

Shenzhen ETS was the first pilot region that launched an ETS in China and has since been a forerunner in the advancement and improvement of ETS. Shenzhen is the smallest region amongst the seven ETS pilot regions with the least carbon emissions covered under the ETS. Enterprises in Shenzhen are mainly less energy intensive industries such as IT, electronics product manufacturing, service providers and alike. Shenzhen is currently the only region that has initiated the inclusion of the public transportation sector, Taxi and bus companies will be covered from 2015 onward. The ETS covers 635 enterprises from 26 sectors such as electric power, manufacturing and electronics.

To build capacity for the development and understanding of emissions trading amongst enterprises from the power and manufacturing sector, GIZ, Shenzhen DRC and the Shenzhen Emission Exchange jointly organised an emissions trading training session in Shenzhen. The training featured valuable input from renowned national and international experts as well as sector specific group discussions for a two way knowledge exchange.

The positive development of the Shenzhen ETS during the last years, its current performance and its prospects took the centre among the first presentations. The influence of Shenzhen on a future national ETS was highlighted as well as the importance of constant revaluation and adaptation of measurement and verification guidelines. Some of the guidelines were discussed in detail by the speakers and were picked up again in the group discussions in the afternoon.

With well received case studies and theoretic understanding about the implementation of carbon management into the overall structure of enterprises, further practical information was provided to the participants. In general was the given input as well as the asked question from the plenum very detailed and showed that the ETS, the Shenzhen exchange and its covered enterprises have moved forward to a stage where the overall understanding of the ETS procedure is well established and the focus of interest has been drawn upon the perfection of the system.

By the speech on the EU-ETS of the German expert Mr. Güthert, the training was enriched by an international perspective. Received with great interest were parallels between difficulties that occurred during the establishment of the ETS in the EU and similar developments in the Shenzhen ETS.

The discussions in the sector groups reflected the same image which had been painted during the presentations. Participants were mainly interested in detailed accounting and measuring aspects. Even the integration into a national ETS in the future and its implications for the enterprises had been discussed. Room for improvement of the ETS was mainly seen in the communication between enterprises and official entities as well as in the awareness for carbon trading within the companies themselves.

The event has been received positively by almost all participants. Presentations and discussions were referred to as very useful and the selected topics fitted the interest of the enterprise representatives. A vast majority with over 90% stated, they will implement the newly learned knowledge into their carbon trading operations and are also looking forward to similar events in the future.