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In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany.

The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.


Political Dialogue

  • Political Dialogue

    Political Dialogue

    The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) aspires to positively influence urban and environmental policy-making and implementation. Therefore, SGUP supports a multi-sectoral approach towards environmental conservation and sustainable urbanisation through policy dialogues between the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), as well as their associated institutions. With a team based in Beijing and a liaison office situated in Berlin, SGUP works closely with local authorities from both Germany and China, ensuring continual exchange among our political partners and supporting engagement that warrants a common line of action. SGUP invite city and government officials, professionals within the focus fields, academics and industry representatives to become part of the political dialogue.

City Dialogue

  • City Dialogue

    City Dialogue

    As acknowledged in the New Urban Agenda, cities are the key actors involved in reaching sustainable, climate-friendly urbanisation. The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) supports close cooperation and practical exchange between German and Chinese cities by acting as a platform for cities to address their challenges. To support the exchange, SGUP organised an annual Mayors Summit as part of a two-week long Mayors Study-Tour Programme to Germany, in cooperation with the China Association of Mayors (CAM) and the Association of German Cities (DST). The thematic study-tour provides a platform for German and Chinese local officials to discuss common obstacles and solutions concerning integrated approaches to sustainable urban development. Moreover, a number of German, Chinese, and international sectoral and city networks are also part of the political partnership, including ICLEI, the National Academy of Mayors of China (NAMC), and the German Network for Architecture Exchange (NAX).

Capacity Partnership

  • Capacity Partnership
    Capacity Partnership

    Capacity Partnership

    The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) builds the necessary competencies for planning and advancing integrated, sustainable, and eco-friendly urban development at the institutional and individual level. SGUP aims to establish capacity building partnerships with our Chinese and German partners, promoting implementation of action-oriented training and pilot projects. These partners include technological and scientific institutions, research institutions and city networks. We support our partners by providing domestic and international know-how, sharing best practices, and delivering expertise on a range of issues related to sustainable urbanisation.


  • Conferences
    World Cities Day Xiamen


    The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) hosts and actively supports activities that contribute to stimulating dialogues and debates, idea-exchange, knowledge-transfer, and overall environmental awareness among our partners, as well as among all local and international institutions that seek to advance an ecologically-mindful, integrated, and sustainable urban development agenda. One of the channels employed to advance this endeavour is the "Sino-German Urbanisation Forum", a large-scale conference hosted every three years alternating between Germany and China. SGUP is also open to organising joint events, and committed to supporting the arrangement and promotion of events hosted by our partner institutions. We also support the promotion of our partners’ activities through our online platforms and extensive network, and actively seek opportunities to extend our knowledge, expertise, and resources. We welcome you to contact us with proposals and inquires.


  • Workshops
    Workshop for Advancing Sino-German Political Cooperation for Sustainable Urbanisation


    The team at Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) believes that bringing all relevant stakeholders to the discussion table and holding interactive and dynamic exchanges of ideas is vital to generating solution-oriented action plans. We therefore support the organisation and implementation of workshops and seminars that take an innovative approach to encouraging open and inclusive multi-sectional discussions that can produce results-focused outcomes. If you would like to partner with us to organise a workshop on topics related to sustainable, integrated and climate-friendly urbanisation, please contact us.

Study Tours

  • Study Tours
    World Cities Day study tour

    Study Tours

    The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) organises and provides advice for the implementation of study tours that cater to the needs of our main political partners. These specialised study tours generally focus on distinct topics tailored to our partners’ requirements, and take into strong consideration the applicability of a particular issue to the existing sustainable urbanisation dialogue. The main objective of the study tours is to introduce participants to the latest available approaches and technological achievements pertaining to the field of sustainable urban development. In addition, the tours aim to create space and establish platforms for open transfer of knowledge, application techniques, and best practices between German and Chinese authorities, architects, urban planners, and other relevant actors.


  • Trainings


    The Sino German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) engages in training ventures designed to equip our partners with the latest approaches and techniques available for promoting integrated and sustainable urbanisation. Through the training courses, policy advisors and decision-makers can increase their knowledge, skills and capabilities, and learn new approaches for visualising and predicting the potential environmental impacts of enacted policies. The team at SGUP designs training programmes from the ground-up, tailoring each programme to address the specific challenges requirements of our partners. Conversely, we also provide technical support to training programmes that have already been structured, contributing German knowledge and expertise to enrich programmes in the field and serving as facilitators between Chinese and German institutions.

Other Activities

  • Other Activities
    Conference Opening

    Other Activities

    In addition to our core activities, the team at the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) is constantly looking for original and dynamic ways to contribute to the advancement of sustainable urban development. SGUP supports and participates in activities that aim to promote wider awareness of the need for more sustainable use of natural resources, including assisting in scientific research, piloting projects, contributing to publications and implementing educational programmes and seminars. If you would like to cooperate with us in the future, get in touch and send us your proposals. We welcome all individuals and organisations to contribute their original and innovative ideas for promoting the betterment of urban areas, and driving overall progress towards sustainable urbanisation.

Funding and implementation

Supporting team

Peter Sailer

Project Director

As Project Director, Peter is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating project activities, as well as maintaining a constant flow of communication between German and Chinese ministries and with SGUP’s wide range of partner institutions. His main focus is on the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water management.

Peter has extensive experience working in the urbanisation field in both Germany and China. Before joining the SGUP project in Beijing, he served as an urban planner and consultant in the field of sustainable development for various German and Chinese firms, working on areas such as strategy design, landscape planning, heat and power supply, concept development, and project management.

Peter’s academic background includes a master’s degree on Urban and Regional Planning from TU Berlin, where he focused on Environmental Law and International Urban Development Studies. He went on to pursue a master in business administration with a focus on International Real Estate Management from the Biberach University of Applied Science, Germany.

Xueling Liu

Technical Advisor

Xueling supports SGUP with consultation and technical advice on sustainable urban development within the Chinese context, particularly focusing on the topics of recycling, pre-fabricated buildings, sustainable transport, and resource efficiency. She also serves as the main intermediary for exchange and coordination between SGUP and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and other Chinese Ministries and partner institutions.

Xueling holds a master’s degree in Human Geography and a bachelor’s degree in Hydrology. Before joining the SGUP team, Xueling served in positions with several different GIZ projects in the fields of energy efficient buildings and city-quarter renovation. She has extensive experience working on curricula development, training and project implementation in Chinese cities.

Daniel Krahl

Advisor - Liaison Office Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Daniel works in the Liaison Office of the Sino - German Urbanisation Partnership in Berlin. He advises the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nuclear Safety and Nature Conservation on the cooperation on sustainable urbanisation with China and connects the project with the work of the German actors of the partnership. His main responsibilities are the preparation of the Sino-German Mayors Program and the Sino-German Urbanisation Forum.

Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Bonn on China – Arab relations. He joined the GIZ in 2017. Previously he was Project Director at a CCS - regulatory project for the European Commission in Beijing and taught political theory at the school of China's foreign ministry (CFAU). In Germany, he was a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and worked as advisor at the program office of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nuclear Safety and Nature Conservation.


BI Yunqing

Junior Technical Advisor

Yunqing supports the project's activities on the topic of urban renewal including energy efficiency in buildings and regeneration of industrialized areas. Yunqing holds a mster degree from Sciences Po Paris on urban economics and a bachelor on sustainable resources management from Zhejiang University. 

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Past events

  • AHK China Econet Monitor - Green Markets & Climate Challenge

    This month’s AHK Econet Monitor on Green Markets & Climate Challenge highlights various Sino-German cooperation projects that have been successfully implemented in the fields of Smart Sponge Cities, energy-efficiency tech solutions in the building sector and waste and recycling management in China. 

  • Building Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission Accounting System of Jiangsu

    Jiangsu Province has clearly set out energy-saving and GHG reduction targets for the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) period, to be achieved by 2020. This report by the Sino-German Cooperation Programme on Jiangsu Low Carbon Development proposes an innovative accounting system for building energy consumption and carbon emissions, to support evaluation of Jiangsu’s progress towards the 12th FYP.

  • AHK China econet monitor - Green Building Special 2018

    The “econet monitor” Green Building Special is an annual publication highlighting the newest developments and trends in green building in China. SGUP, in collaboration with Beijing Uni-Construction Company, has made a strong contribution to plus energy building for advancing sustainable urban development.

  • Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts - a Keystone Paper by the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

    Introducing the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership's Keystone Paper: Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts


  • Plus Energy Buildings and Districts - a Keystone Paper by the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

    Introducing the Sino-german Urbanisation Partnership's Keystone Paper: Plus Energy Buildings and Districts

  • AHK China Econet Monitor - Green Building Special 2019

    The Econet’s Green Building Monitor Special vividly describes how green buildings can effectively alleviate the ngeative implication of rapid urbanisation occurring in China, and simeontaesously meet the increasing demands for higher quality and improving living conditions by China’s growing middle class. China hosts the world’s largest green building market which unleashes immense potential for green and sustainable urbanisation.

  • Low Carbon Development Status Quo in Jiangsu Province

    Jiangsu remains a key province in China for promoting industrialisation and urban development, and currently faces a serious energy-saving and emissions reduction challenges. This report, produced by the Sino-German Cooperation Program on Jiangsu Low Carbon Development, summarises the policies, regulations, pilot demonstrations and general climate change mitigation efforts undertaken by Jiangsu during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012) period.

  • Carbon Reduction Potential Analysis of GHG emission at county level

    Climate change has become a global problem, and curtailing GHG emissions is an important process for promoting mitigation and adaptation. This report examines Changshu and Rugao counties of Jiangsu Province in terms of their carbon emissions and develops GHG reduction potential calculations based on scenario analysis. It was published by the Sino-German Cooperation Program on Jiangsu Low Carbon Development on the Carbon Reduction Potential of GHG emissions at the County Level.

  • German Experiences to obtain Energy Efficiency Gains in Cities through Green Buildings

    This textbook provides a holistic summary of Germany's energy efficiency efforts in the building sector and further examples in the European context, and is of relevance to initiatives aiming to promote green building development in China. It was published by the Sino-German Cooperation Project on 'Qualification of Key Actors in the Building Energy Efficiency Sector (KABEE)'.A textbook published by the Sino-German Cooperation Project on 'Qualification of Key Actors in the Building Energy Efficiency Sector (KABEE)' which provides a holistic summary of Germany's energy efficiency efforts in the building sector and further examples in the Europen context, being of relevance for the continued push for green building development in China.

  • German Experiences to obtain Energy Efficiency Gains in Cities through Application of Renewable Energies in Urban Areas

    This training textbook aims to contribute to more efficient exploitation of energy saving potentials, as well as the implementation of climate change mitigation measures in Chinese cities through renewable energy development. It was published by the Sino-German Cooperation Project 'Qualification of Key Actors in the Building Energy Efficiency Sector (KABEE)'.

  • German Experiences to obtain Energy Efficiency Gains in Cities through Eco-Industrial Park (EIP) Development

    This training textbook provides information on German experiences in responding to the ecological demands of industrial development through implementing energy efficiency measures into eco-industrial park development. It was published by the Sino-German Cooperation Project 'Qualification of Key Actors in the Building Energy Efficiency Sector (KABEE)'.

  • A Guide for Energy Efficiency Retrofit of Existing Buildings

    Buildings, which account for roughly a third of global carbon dioxide emissions, constitute a key area where measures can be implemented to promote climate change resilience. This guide aims to showcase optimal energy-saving strategies for buildings and best-practice examples from China and Germany to homeowners, architects and engineers. It was provided by the Sino-German Cooperation Project on Low Carbon Compound Projects in City Networks in Jiangsu Province.

  • Energy Evaluation Report Summary of Liberty Garment Factory

    Liberty Garment Factory is the industry leader in clothing production and commerce in China, and in recent years has implemented a range of energy-saving measures to support sustainable development. This summary provides a detailed energy evaluation of the factory, which is the first Chinese enterprise to have undergone and completed several environment-related audits, including the Energy Management system audit (GB/T23331) and the Greenhouse Gases Verification (ISO14064).

  • Making a Case for the Sustainable Development Goals from Asia

    Learn about the success stories of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from various GIZ partner countries in Asia. 

  • Introducing the Sino-German Urban Partnership's Mission and Activities

    Discover the goals and work of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership with this informative guide.

  • Public Transport Integration and Transit Alliances

    Transit Alliances enable the participation of multiple stakeholders and operators, thus making mobility more attractive and integrative for users. This publication gives an insight into the detailed benefits of such alliances, and also provides know-how on implementation of successful Transit Alliances.

  • New Planning Culture in German Cities - Topics, Priorities and Processes

    This publication highlights 55 best practice project cases from 34 German cities that exemplify innovative approaches to and qualitative standards for urban planning and development. It was produced by Darmstadt University of Technology in cooperation with the German Association of Cities and the Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Environmental Research. This version has been translated into Chinese.

  • Urban Renewal in Districts - a Keystone Paper by the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

    Introducing the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership's Keystone Paper on Urban Renewal in Districts

  • Transformative City - a Keystone Paper by the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

    Introducing the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership's Keystone Paper "Transformative City"

  • Sustainable Urban Planning | Vibrant Neighbourhoods – Smart Cities – Resilience

    Life in the city is popular and creating liveable urban space is undoubtedly a priority for planners. Yet what makes a city worth living in? How do we define sustainable neighbourhoods that will function properly and continue to attract people in the future? What does "Smart City" or "resilience" really mean?

    The completely revised, new edition of this publication provides the answers. It addresses the fundamental challenges of urban planning today and offers planners essential knowledge, implementation strategies and ways toward holistic concept development. Examples of international neighbourhood developments clearly show how aspects of sustainable urban planning can be implemented in practice.

    - Holistic concepts for urban areas

    - International project examples for successful neighbourhood developments

    - Strategies and tools for successful implementation in practice

    First published in German in 2013, this book presents the first comprehensive overview of the complex challenges and action areas in sustainable urban planning. The book demonstrates how to integrate overarching sustainable urban design principles into the planning process and sets out a full range of planning strategies and tools for designing living neighbourhoods with a human focus.

    The central point at the heart of this book is integrated planning. This is the process and pratice of analysing, balancing and uniting the most wide-ranging social, cultural, and environmental objectives in order to forge holistic concepts. A selection of international case studies illustrates ways to implement aspects of sustainable planning within a variety of different specific frameworks.

    Editors and authors: Helmut Bott, Gregor Grassl, Stephan Anders

    May 2019

    280 pages with numerous illustrations

    23 x 29.7 cm



    ISBN: 978-3-95553-462-2


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