China, Jiangsu Province fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
Provincial Five Year Plan
Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:
Inclusive Green Economy indicators
Green trade for promoting renewable energy
Capacity-building on global value chains and entrepreneurship
Green development has been placed at the heart of national development strategies and priorities in China. Jiangsu province and PAGE are committed to building a resource efficient, inclusive and thriving economy through the implementation of:
PAGE is helping transform Jiangsu’s economy into a driver of sustainability through:
- Identifying and sharing success stories at the provincial and sub-provincial levels, and within the private sector, to inspire other provinces and countries to embrace green economy
- Identifying and analyzing major barriers to an inclusive green economy transition
Progress in 2017: A Snapshot
Measuring progress with green economy indicators
Identifying and developing green economy indicators can help provincial policymakers monitor long-term progress towards a green economy transition, and identify how the region’s transition compares to others. PAGE provides technical and financial support for the development of Green Economy Progress Indicators at provincial level in Jiangsu, including:
- expert workshops
- database development
Green economy academy
PAGE has put green economy learning at the top of its agenda. Its 2017 Green Economy Academy in Jiangsu, which gathered more than 50 participants, covered key green economy topics such as:
- Green Finance
- Green Industrial & Fiscal policy
- Natural Capital Accounting
- Integrated approaches to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The target audience included more than 50 participants including environmental scholars, policymakers and front-line environmental bureau officers from seven municipalities in Jiangsu.
Boosting green trade
In June 2017, a workshop on "Unlocking South-South Trade in Environmental Goods and Services in Jiangsu" was held in Nanjing for over 50 participants from local governments, business associations, environmental companies, international organizations, and environmental NGOs.
Discussions focused on:
- global and national trends in trade in Environmental Goods and Services
- Jiangsu’s experience in trade in renewable energy and environmental technologies
- the opportunities and challenges of expanding green trade with developing countries.
Through the green trade work stream, new partnerships have been built with the trade and investment community and has also helped to get private sector partners on-board with PAGE.
Green industry transition
PAGE, with the support from the Beijing Institute of Technology, is working on the development of a Green Industry Progress (GIP) Index.
- assesses progress of green industrialization in 18 other provinces including Jiangsu
- provides insights into where further improvements in policy actions are required.
How does PAGE's work in China meet its objectives?
Outcome 1: National policymaking
In 2017, PAGE and PRCEE (Policy Research Centre for Environment and Economy) jointly launched the PAGE China II activities in Nanjing, bringing together a broad mix of key actors.
As part of this phase II, several PAGE activities have already been initiated such as the facilitation of an inter-departmental dialogue session on green economy indicators among ministries and provincial policymakers. PAGE support, both technical and financial, also continues towards the development of Green Economy Progress Indicators at the provincial level in Jiangsu.
Specifically, in August and September 2017, two rounds of external consultation meetings were held to discuss the initial results of Jiangsu Green Economy Progress (GEP) study. The research team of Nanjing University is in the process of incorporating technical inputs into the revision of Jiangsu GEP Measurement Framework, expected to be finalized by end of 2017.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
In 2017, a workshop on “Unlocking South-South Trade in Environmental Goods and Services in Jiangsu” was held in Nanjing with key stakeholders. Through the green trade work stream, new partnerships have been built with the trade and investment community and a platform for experience sharing and peer learning has been provided.
Other 2017 outcomes include the initiation of dialogue with key stakeholders and the preparation of a report around Green Industry Progress (GIP) and relevant indicators which measure progress of green industry development in Jiangsu province and China. The report is due to be published soon. This GIP work is driven by PAGE, with the support from the Beijing Institute of Technology, which is to complement the Green Economy Progress index for Jiangsu.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
The Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection strengthened their green economy research capacity by conducting the stocktaking study for Jiangsu. The PRCEE is also engaged in conducting other green economy related research and has produced a report analyzing China’s Ecological Civilization under a UN Environment-supported project.
In 2017, PAGE, along with PRCEE, organized a 2-day provincial green economy academy which covered a range of Inclusive Green Economy topics such as Green Finance, Green Industrial & Fiscal policy, Natural Capital Accounting and social inclusion and provided capacity-building to a range of key stakeholders to support the implementation of provincial GE strategies, policymaking and monitoring progress.
Also in 2017, the Environment and Trade Hub, under PAGE and in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Suzhou Bureau of Commerce, organized a two-day training on Sustainable Textile Trade and Global Value Chains which targeted local textile producers and exporters, as well as retailers and policymakers. Here companies were able to share experiences and good practices, such as investing in green innovation, applying low-carbon production method and circular economy approaches, engaging employees and suppliers in managing sustainability, improving the resource efficiency of water and raw materials, as well as disclosing environmental information and improving transparency in chemicals.
Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing
PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.
For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.
SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles
In China, Jiangsu Province, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of five SDGs (7, 9, 8, 12, and 17) through: helping provincial policymakers monitor progress against set targets of green economy transition, contributing towards the promotion of green trade, contributing towards Jiangsu's energy and green industry transition, boosting green economy knowledge, skills and learning and building capacity around green entrepreneurship.