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C+ Pilot Project Closing Workshop

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges confrontingour planet and human civilization. However, the national emissions reduction commitments made within the international UNFCCC negotiations are far from sufficient,if we are to avoid serious climate change. MRV (‘measurable, reportable and verifiable’) has emerged as one of the most important issues for China in the international climate negotiation context and is also very relevant for domestic action. Reliability of data is the basis for effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to top-down efforts by central governments to achieve the reduction target of 40-45% carbon intensity per unit of GDP by 2020, bottom-up initiatives to generate emissions reductions which can be MRVed will be necessary.
In 2011, 30 international and domestic NGOs initiated the “C +Initiative”, hoping to define an active role for civil society as ‘climate citizens’. Climate citizens take actions in different fields to deal with climate change, committed to making efforts beyond those set out in nationalpledges. Accordingly, this action aims to assist the government achieve a more ambitious goal.
In September 2012, the C+ Initiative changed from concept into action. The “C+ pilot projects” funded by GIZ and implemented by CANGO, selected three pilots from different sectors including a company, a university campus and an urban community through an open application and external expert team review process. The organizations implementing the three pilots conducted research to explore the potentials and measures of carbon emission reduction and energy saving, and also developed “C+ Guidelines” to provide reference for organizations to join C+ and replicate the pilots. 
On June 27, 2013, CANGO organized the “C+ Pilot Project Closing Workshop” in Beijing. Dr. Yang Fuqiang, the initiator of C+, introduced the background of the initiative and the latest international and domestic policy situation. Mr. Yuan Chi, Technical Advisor of GIZ which provided financial support for the pilot projects, shared the experience of capacity building for the establishment of emission trading schemes in China. Representatives from the China Youth Climate Action Network, Green Zhejiang and Friends of Nature Shanghai Group introduced the pilot experiences of MRVing energy efficiency measures at Beijing Forestry University, Hangzhou Suncha Bamboo & Wood Processing Company, and Nanfangchengand Zhujiatan Communities in Shanghai Pudong New District.
Following the pilot sharing presentations, four experts on carbon monitoring and energy savings gave their comments and feedback.They recognized the C+ concept and the pilot project achievements, and provided valuable suggestions for scaling-up the pilot models. We hope more organizations from different areas of work can participate in our C+ Initiative lead by the pilot experience, and together contribute to achieving emission reductions beyond China’s national commitment.
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