CCS China Program Timeline

Timeline of the EcoPartnership - CCS China Program


In August 2016, as a part it’s Low Carbon Development Program for 30 of China’s provinces and cities, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) expanded training to cover new high priority issues and regions receiving support for policy planning and implementation.

In the city Yinchuan of China’s Ningxia Autonomous Region, CCS and its Chinese NGO partner, the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) held lecture presentations in a “Climate Change and Green Investment and Finance Seminar for Small and Medium Enterprises,” hosted by the Ningxia Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Service Center.

CCS provided training for provincial industry leaders and technicians with the Ningxia CDM Service Center as well as members of Development and Reform Commission in Wuzhong City on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage and subnational Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis Support Systems.

CCS and GEI continued their technical support in Tayuan with the Shanxi Province Research Center on Eco-Environmental Sciences on a project to develop an LCD Plan for the city of Yangquan. Topics included a review of: baselines needed to fully integrate city-level energy, emissions, and economic policy development goals and priorities; and direct (microeconomic) impacts analysis of LCD policies.

In Changsha, Hunan Province, CCS and GEI provided training for staff from local government agencies and industry on “Introduction to LCD Planning” and “Analysis Cap and Trade Emissions Allocation” to support Hunan Province Climate Change Capacity Building. This conference was co-hosted by the Hunan DRC and the Hunan International Engineering Consulting Center (HIECC). Experts from China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), HIECC, Hunan DRC, Tsinghua University, Guangzhou Carbon Trading Center and other organizations also provided lectures. 


(*Officials, experts and key trainees attending the Hunan Province Climate Change Capacity Building along with CCS/GEI staff Stephen Roe, David von Hippel, Zhang Fan, Yu Qingchan, Cui Nanying, and Xu Shengnian. )

June 6, 2016, Beijing. At the annual US China EcoPartnership meeting, CCS and GEI graduated from the program following five years of intensive collaboration on China’s subnational Low Carbon Development program. Key elements of the bilateral partnership included joint development of China’s Low Carbon Development Subnational Planning and Analysis Toolkit in conjunction with the Chinese Academies of Science Institute for Policy & Management; Pilot Demonstration in the Provincial City of Chongqing; formal recognition for official use by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC); development of China’s Subnational Low Carbon Development Curriculum; workshop based training and remote assistance to 210 technicians from 13 provinces and 18 cities representing 40 percent of China’s economy and 36 percent of its energy demand; training of over 1,000 additional civil servants through the Chinese Academies of Science; and transition to city and province Low Carbon Development plans in all regions of China.

CCS and GEI will continue their collaboration on China's Low Carbon Development Planning, contributing the China's green development notion.


(*Thomas Peterson, CCS president and CEO, and Jiaman Jin, GEI Executive Director, at 2016 US-China EcoPartnership meeting in Beijing for graduating.)


(*Certificate of Recognition of the Completion of CCS-GEI EcoPartnership Program).

April 11-13, 2016. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) China Program Team conducted expanded China Low Carbon Development (LCD) planning and analysis training and program transition in Lanzhou, western China, in the Gansu Province. More than 50 technical representatives attended from four provinces and several cities, including Changsha, Jinchang, Jiuquan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Shenzhen, and Yinchuan, in Gansu, Guangdong, Hunan, and Ningxia. CCS collaborated with the Beijing based Global Environmental Institute (GEI) and Lanzhou based Gansu Emission Exchange Center on the workshop.


(*CCS China Program Team conducted LCD Training in Lanzhou, China, 2016)


Since 2014 the China LCD toolkit and curriculum has been introduced to hundreds of analysts, experts, and policy makers in China, including local government officials, research agencies, universities, and companies from 18 cities in 13 provinces and municipalities that are part of 42 official LCD pilot jurisdictions. In 2013, the China LCD Planning & Analysis Toolkit was endorsed for official use by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) following joint development by CCS and China partners, including China's Academies of Science Institute for Policy Management (CAS-IPM). It was piloted in Chongqing in 2014 through CCS, CAS-IPM, GEI, and local partners.

China set its international climate change commitments on climate change at a 60-65 percent COemission intensity reduction by 2030 compared to 2005, as well as commitments to increasing non-fossil fuel in primary energy consumption at 20 percent by 2030. Subnational governments face pressure to meet these national goals through approaches are beneficial to local economic development, energy and industrial needs, and health. To accomplish this, the LCD toolkit enables energy and resource efficiency, renewable energy, peak carbon analysis, and green economic development.

Multi-objective climate change and LCD goals can be achieved through specific steps that integrate goals, policy and mechanism design, and metrics of analysis. This involves inventory and forecast (baseline) development, policy option screening and multi attribute implementation design, "baseline plus" micro-economic and macro-economic analysis, and transition to program implementation and alignment of priorities. Toolkit users apply these concepts and techniques in all economic sectors, including Energy Supply, Industry, Residential/Commercial/Institutional, Transportation and Land Use, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Waste Management, and Multi Sector approaches.

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(*CCS industrial expert Dr. David von Hippel reviews cement industry analysis in China during LCD training.)



In August 2015, CCS and GEI conducted a three-day training workshop on the 10-step LCD Planning and Analysis for provinces and cities in the City of Shanxi, Taiyuan Province.  Trainees from SPRCES, other research agencies and educational institutions attended lectures and break-out sessions on micro-economic analysis tools for different economic sectors, and engaged in comprehensive testing and certification. Program managers and technicians from China's provinces and cities explored transition to the launch of LCD plans as a next step using the CCS 10 step LCD Planning and Analysis Toolkit, and provided guidance for future training applications. 



(*CCS experts is introducing CCS's toolkit on China LCD Planning to technical team from SPRCES.)

In September, CCS and GEI attended the 1st US-China Climate Smart Cities Summit in Los Angeles in September. Mayors and state governors from both countries signed bilateral agreements on low carbon development and Climate change during the conference. CCS and GEI met senior officers from Chinese NDRC, including XIE Zhenhua, JIANG Zhaoli and SU Wei, and introduced our achievements and current progress in supporting LCD Planning in China.


(*Thomas Peterson, the CEO of CCS and XIE Zhenhua, senior officer of China NDRC are emphasizing the importance of cooperative actions between US and China on LCD Planning.)

On October 13, 2015 The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), and Shanxi Province Research Center on Eco-Environmental Science (SPRCES) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Low Carbon Development (LCD) for the Pilot city of Yangquan in the Shanxi Province. The MOU will advance LCD planning and analysis, environmental and health issues, water consumption and quality, and economic development and equity issues. Cooperative actions include development of provincial and municipal greenhouse gas emissions inventories, low emissions policy screening and selection in all economic sectors, and cost effectiveness and macroeconomic policy impact analysis. SPRCES will compose a "Methods of LCD Planning for the City of Yangquan" and will present and share its LCD planning works with other Chinese agencies to support scale up.


(*Director Yuan from SPRCES and CCS's China team are discussing future collaboration on LCD Planning for Shanxi Province)



CCS traveled to China in April and November. In April, the CCS team successfully introduced the Version 1.0 of the Chinese Low Carbon Development (LCD) Planning and Analysis Toolkit and the Chongqing Pilot LCD Plan.  The Toolkit was highly recognized and accepted within China by NDRC and DRC in Chongqing, Guangdong, and Tianjin. As a result, the Chongqing Municipal DRC certified its use of the results of the Chinese LCD Planning and Analysis Toolkit jointly developed by CCS and its Chinese partners.

In November, CCS team introduced the curriculum of the LCD Planning and Analysis Toolkit to CAS-IPM, Jinan University at Guangdong, and Chinese Academy of Government (CAG) at Tianjin. This curriculum provides detailed trainings to technicians as well as policy practitioners on using the LCD Planning and Analysis Toolkit. The curriculum is planned to be implemented in March and April of 2015. For more details on the curriculum, please see "The Ongoing Projects".

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(*CCS Program Management Officer Scott Williamson introducing CLCDP Toolkit Version 1.0, April 2014, China)



CCS assisted Guangdong and California with development of a Memorandum of Understanding to foster technology exchange, capacity building, and policy exchange. 



CCS provided a U.S. national study tour to CAG and its subnational affiliates and a follow on planning engagement in Beijing to assist CAG with the development and deployment of a national curriculum for low carbon development planning and analysis for Chinese officials and civil servants.

CCS also hosted a first-ever meeting between the Deputy Director-General of the Guangdong Provincial DRC and senior government and business representatives from the State of Oregon to discuss mutual interests and cooperative opportunities in new energy industries and policies.



CCS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAS IPMCAS Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), and GEI to collaboratively develop methods for provincial climate, energy, and economic planning and analysis to help China's provinces achieve their dual goals for economic growth and carbon intensity reduction under the country's 12th Five Year Plan.



Related Links:

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