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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

Markus Delfs

Project Director

As Project Director, Markus Delfs is also of Head of “Sustainable Transition – Investment & Infrastructure, Energy, Mobility, Waste” of GIZ in China. He is responsible for Sino-German policy dialogues and technical cooperation projects in these fields.

In the past 11 years Markus has worked for GIZ in Germany, Belgium, Indonesia, and the Gulf States, where he was responsible for international cooperation projects in the fields of urban development, mobility and energy efficiency, infrastructure development and finance, as well as mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Previously, after sailing internationally in Germany’s merchant marine, Markus worked in the port and logistics sector in Hamburg, Germany. He then went on to work as a management consultant in the maritime logistics sector worldwide. For many years, Markus was also assigned as strategic advisor to the President of the Saudi Ports Authority in Riyadh, focusing on strategy planning, organizational development, concession contract management and regulatory affairs.

Markus holds master’s degrees in business administration (Middlesex University, UK) and in International Transportation Management (State University of New York, USA), and a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering (Bremen University of applied Sciences, Germany). In addition, he holds a vocational diploma in banking & finance and a nautical officer’s license.

Liu Tong

Technical Advisor

Liu Tong works as Senior Technical Advisor for the GIZ Mobility Team. He focuses on the topics of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) and Intelligent Connected Vehicles (ICVs). Liu Tong is responsible for policy analysis around NEVs and ICVs in China.

At the same time, he manages a Strategic Development Partnership on Technical-Vocational Eduction and Training in the Construction Sector with partners from the private sector in both Germany and China.

Before joining GIZ, Liu Tong worked as Head of Department in the construction division of the German company Ejot GmbH in China. Previously, he also served in the German Chamber of Commerce in China as Project Manager in the Environmental Services Department focusing mainly on renewable energy and green-building. Liu Tong holds a diploma in Environment Engineering with focus on Solar Technology from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

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.

Cai Handuo

Technical Advisor

Cai Handuo works as Technical Advisor for Sino-German Urbanisation Project. She is responsible for general project implementation and for technical topics of project in relevant fields.

Cai Handuo has ten experience working in the field of climate change and sustainable development in China, Asia and Europe. She is a technical professional with a deep knowledge on climate risk insurance, green finance and climate politics, featuring a solid understanding of the institutional and political landscape in China.

Cai Handuo holds two master’s degrees in Sustainable Development from the University of Copenhagen and Institute National D’études Supérieures Agronomiques de Montpellier, and a Bachelor degree in Life Science from Nanjing University.


handuo.cai [at] giz.de

Wang Xu

Project Officer

Wang Xu works as Project Officer of Sino- German Urbanisation Partnership. Wang Xu is responsible for the external communication of the project and provide support for the team.

Wang Xu hold master’s degrees in international economics and management from University of Bayreuth. She previously worked at an accounting firm and other financial institutions in China.

  • Project
  • Activities
  • Actors and partners
  • Our team

Past events

  • 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.

  • Energierechtliche Rahmensbedingungen

    Introducing the Sino-german Urbanisation Partnership's Keystone Paper: Energierechtliche Rahmensbedingungen: Auf Europäischer, Bundes- und Stadtebene und deren Auswirkungen auf die Stadtentwicklung. 

  • 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.

  • Overview of Legislative Measures: Energy Efficient Buildings

    This poster introduces the energy legislative measures from EU and German level, with a focus on strategies, laws and incentive schemes.

  • 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.

  • Climate Finance for Low-Carbon Urban Infrastructure in China——Study by SGUP and FELICITY

    Financing is critical to enable cities to invest in low-carbon urban infrastructure.

    To show how climate finance can help enable sustainable urban development in China, this paper begins by taking stock of city climate policies, the status of financing for low-carbon urban development, and current financial instruments available. The study then analyzes the gaps and barriers that Chinese cities confront and makes recommendations on how to mobilize climate finance resources for sustainable urban infrastructure in China.

  • 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"