Climate Action



The EU and China have a long-standing cooperation on climate change and have agreed to further step up joint efforts.

EU and China flags © European Commission

Since 2005, the EU-China Partnership on Climate Change has provided a high-level political framework for cooperation and dialogue.

This was confirmed in the 2010 Joint statement and enhanced in the 2015 Joint statement.

Areas of cooperation

At the EU-China Summit in June 2015, both sides committed to

  • embark on low-carbon development and
  • cooperate in the context of the UN climate convention in view of an ambitious agreement at the Paris conference  

The EU and China agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation for example on

  • domestic emissions reduction policies
  • carbon markets
  • low-carbon cities
  • carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation and maritime industries, and
  • hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).

Examples of joint projects

  • Supporting the design and implementation of greenhouse gas emissions trading in China, in view of China's plans to establish a nationwide emissions trading system. The project was carried out by the European Commission in cooperation with China in 2014–2017.
  • In autumn 2017, a new project is starting under the Foreign Partnership Instrument (FPI). It aims to enhance political cooperation on emissions trading and continue support to setting up the Chinese emission trading system. The training components build on the experience of the previous project.
  • China-EU Near Zero Emission Coal (NZEC) project focused at developing and demonstrating carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology in China by 2020

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