Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT)

Enhancing dialogue and implementation of long-term mitigation strategies to promote low carbon transport in China

China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. With about 1Gt of CO2, the Chinese transport sector accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s total CO2 emissions. China is facing growing car-ownership levels as well as increasing volumes of both passenger and freight transport, and the quality of life in general is deteriorating due to air and noise pollution and traffic congestion, particularly in cities.

In order to tackle climate change and to make transport more sustainable, China has set ambitious goals: In September 2020, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. By 2030, the country wants to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions, lower CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by over 65 per cent from 2005 level and increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 25 per cent.

To reach these targets, China started implementing various measures to drastically reduce its emissions. This includes the promotion of electro-mobility and smart transport systems, the expansion of public transport, the promotion of shared mobility, walking and cycling, and the promotion of intermodal transport aiming at shifting freight transport volumes from the road to more climate-friendly means including rail and inland waterways.

The CLCT project supports the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MoT) and other partners on national and city level in elaborating effective and efficient implementation strategies and policies to further develop a climate-friendly transport sector in China, and supports the Sino-German policy dialogue on long-term climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector. It facilitates the exchange on the potentials of digitalisation, innovative technologies and integrated mobility concepts for fostering and promoting sustainable and low-carbon future transport and mobility.

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