NDC-TIA 2022 China Annual Workshop – Policies, Technologies, and Pathways for Carbon and Pollutant Co-Control in Transportation

The NDC-TIA 2022 China Annual Workshop was held on online on December 14 and 15, 2022 by the China Research Academy of Environmental Science – Vehicle Emission Control Center (CRAES-VECC) and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The workshop was organized on the theme “Policies, Technologies, and Pathways for Carbon and Pollutant Co-Control in Transportation.” The intent of the workshop was to share knowledge and foster dialogue on vision, macro-level planning, local-level actions, key policy instruments, and research activities and findings toward decarbonizing transportation and reducing transport pollution in Germany, Europe, and China. The event brought together policymakers, the private sector, researchers, and civil society organizations and aimed to promote synergy in cross-national and cross-organizational transportation decarbonization and pollution-reduction efforts.

The meeting was part of the Nationally Determined Contributions Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) 2022 Event Series, Decarbonising Transport. The series aims to foster the exchange of international and domestic best practices and experiences to help develop key decarbonization policies to mitigate carbon and air pollutant emissions from China’s transport sector.

Mr. ZHANG Haolong, director of the Division of Mobile Air Pollution Sources, Department of Atmospheric Environment, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, stated that China and Germany have maintained a close connection on ecology and environmental conservation. A series of communication and workshop events have promoted knowledge sharing and mutual learning and have provided policymakers and administrators working on environment-related issues with solid intellectual support. Faced with the dual challenge of atmospheric pollution and climate change, China will have to advance pollution control and carbon emissions reduction from mobile sources with stronger efforts in legislation, regulation, and technological development. As Europe is more experienced in the field, we hope to continue expanding and deepening the cooperation on strategic planning and policymaking to co-control transport pollution and carbon emissions. This will contribute to the achievement of China’s long-term environmental goals. Furthermore, the new knowledge generated throughout the collaborative projects can be shared with other Asian countries and with the whole world, to improve global environmental governance.

Mr. BECKER Markus from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) pointed out that both China and Germany are two very important players in the global automotive industry and global mobility systems. As such, we are in a position where we can and should influence the thinking about carbon-neutral transport systems. The cooperation under the NDC-TIA project has done a remarkable job of facilitating the development of technology and policies. He stated that the project can build upon China’s successes in pollution reduction and climate change mitigation and hopes that it will provide an opportunity to share the experiences and lessons learned with a broader audience in Asia and beyond. He also hopes it will promote experience sharing in the UNFCCC process.

The workshop was moderated by Mr. MA Dong, deputy director of the Policy and Standard Research Department, CRAES-VECC, and Ms. HE Hui, China regional director of ICCT. Topics around three focal subjects were discussed: (1) the latest global progress toward transportation decarbonization and pollution reduction; (2) carbon and pollution co-control in Guangdong Province – synergy at the subnational level; and (3) motor vehicle carbon and pollutant emissions reduction – market, technology, policies, and pathways to zero-emission. Invited speakers from the following organizations attended the workshop:

– Department of Atmospheric Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China (MEE)
– The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany (BMWK)
– Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
– International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
– World Resources Institute (WRI)
– Agora Verkehrswende
– Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences – Vehicle Emission Control Center (CRAES-VECC)
– National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC)
– Transportation Planning Research Institute of the Ministry of Transport, China (TPRI)
– Beijing Transportation Development and Research Center (Beijing TDRC)
– China Automotive Technology Research Center (CATARC)
– Chinese Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE-China)
– Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL)
– FAW-Volkswagen Co., Ltd.

About the NDC-TIA program

The NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) is a part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), which is working under the leadership of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, in close cooperation with its founder, the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Foreign Office. It aims to facilitate a paradigm shift to zero-emission transport across Asia. The program will achieve this shift by supporting China, India and Vietnam to develop comprehensive decarbonization strategies and solutions to implement them. Beyond the three countries, on the regional and global level, the program will maximize impact by reaching out to additional countries in Southeast Asia, sharing lessons learned, increasing discourse on decarbonizing transport and promoting efficient, multi-stakeholder approaches coordinated between government ministries, civil society, and the private sector.

The goal of the China component of the project is to support the Chinese partners on national and sub-national levels on the essential technical research and capacity building needed for the elaboration of medium- and long-term emission reduction strategies and major emission reduction policies for GHGs and air pollutant mitigation in the transport sector. The project also provides capacity building and global policy exchanges to Chinese partners. The Chinese governmental partner of the program is the Department of Atmospheric Environment and the Department of Climate Change, The Ministry of Ecology and Environment. GIZ coordinates the China component, which is being jointly implemented together with the WRI, ICCT, and Chinese domestic research agencies and institutes. The implementation is further supported by the German transport think tank Agora Verkehrswende.