In order to mitigate the growing emissions of the world’s biggest emitter, the Chinese government plans to introduce a national emissions trading system in 2016. In 2011, seven provinces and cities in China were designated as pilot regions to implement emissions trading on a regional scale. Currently, the non-pilot regions are preparing for the planned expansion of emissions trading throughout China. Important issues include the compilation of emissions data at the company level and institutional preparations of the official competent authorities.
To facilitate this process, adelphi and its project partners FutureCamp, DIW Econ und Öko-Institut organised a two-week study tour in Germany, for Chinese decision makers and researchers from non-pilot regions, as part of the GIZ project “Capacity building for ETS in China”. Participants were given the opportunity to gain insights into the legal and institutional framework of MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) concept, design issues of emissions trading, and its practice in Germany in Europe. The programme included meetings with the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt), as well as site visits and meetings with company representatives to learn about the perspective of the private sector and practical implementation.