The project assists the Province of Jiangsu to achieve its energy efficiency and climate change mitigation targets by transferring German experience and know-how on integrated energy concepts to key actors responsible for energy planning in urban areas and in industry.
China’s 13th Five-Year Plan requires a further 15% of energy savings and 18 percent reduction in the intensity of carbon emissions compared to 2015. As a highly advanced province, Jiangsu has to achieve above-average targets. Jiangsu’s energy saving and CO2-mitigation targets are set at 18% and 19% reduction per industry added value, respectively. Therefore, urgent efforts are underway to find innovative solutions which will make this possible.
Jiangsu’s cities have very good political conditions for developing into a low carbon economy. Energy efficiency has been identified as the most cost-effective and climate-friendly low carbon strategy. There are also plans to incorporate decentralized and renewable energy sources into the province’s energy supply. New integrated energy strategies planned for short, medium and long term renovations of existing buildings and urban quarters, enterprises and industrial parks can help realize this goal. Such urban renewal programs are very high on the political agenda, but they are quite complex and require a deep understanding to be effective for many decades into the future.
Those responsible for energy planning are under tremendous pressure to achieve the political objectives despite having only limited knowledge of how to develop effective solutions and put them into practice.
The project assists Jiangsu in achieving its energy efficiency and climate change mitigation targets. It makes specialist knowledge from Germany available to those responsible for energy planning and energy saving renovations in urban areas and industry in order to empower them to plan and implement better integrated energy systems.
- Drafting guidelines based on German know-how on the holistic planning of complex energy systems. Aim is to apply and implement these guidelines widely and adapt them over several years in Jiangsu;
- Providing expert advice to the planning and implementation of integrated energy systems in Jiangsu’s pilot projects;
- Conducting capacity building activities for key actors in cities and industry enabling them to implement integrated energy strategies.
These measures aim to create positive lock-in effects, i.e. the renovated buildings and developed infrastructure remains cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly for several decades.
The cities of Jiangsu are setting themselves targets for reaching the peak level of greenhouse gas emissions well before 2030. In order to achieve this, the creation of surplus-energy zones are suggested where more energy can be generated through environmentally friendly technology than is consumed.
National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC)
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission (JDRC)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH