In September 2017, seven high level experts on climate change of the Chinese Government held meetings at the European Commission in Brussels and then visited best practices in Ghent, Lisbon, Almada and Vienna. The Chinese delegation was led by the Director General of the Climate Change Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
This mission was the first activity of IUC’s component 2, i.e. to strengthen EU-Asia cooperation on local and regional climate change action, building upon the EU Covenant of Mayors initiative.
The delegation included also experts from NDRC, the National Climate Strategy Center (NCSC) and the Institute of Urban Development and Environment (IUDE) at the China Academy of Social Science. These entities have been appointed by the NDRC as possible institutions for setting-up a technical support secretariat for the Covenant in China.
The mission provided Chinese representatives with technical training and hands-on experiences regarding the EU’s approach towards low carbon urban development, focusing on the EU Covenant of Mayors. It also paved the way to set a roadmap for a governance structure and a technical support secretariat for the Covenant in China.
The visit included policy results (e.g. institutional setting and processes of the Covenant), methodological aspects developed by the JRC and practical implementation measures in Belgium, Portugal and Austria. Here, Chinese experts were able to learn how local governments implement the EU Covenant of Mayors. The EU cities visited were chosen based on their track record on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures as well as on their experience on access to clean energy within the EU Covenant of Mayors.
Meetings in Brussels
Pictures from Brussels Meetings
Meetings in Ghent
Pictures from Ghent Meetings
Meetings in Almada
Pictures from Meetings in Almada
Meetings in Lissabon
Pictures from Meetings in Lisbon
Meetings in Vienna
Pictures from Meetings in Vienna