Funded by the UK’s Cross-government Government Prosperity Fund, the China Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme (CELCEP) is a £13 million programme which will match China’s specific reform needs with UK energy and low carbon strengths thereby helping reduce global emissions by accelerating China’s low carbon transition.

The programme will run until 31 March 2022, and aims to:
  • Accelerate the low carbon transition in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement commitments and temperature goal of 2°C;
  • Increased sustainable deployment of clean energy technologies at lower cost;
  • Expanded green goods and services in China and opportunities for international partners, including the UK.
  • Focus Areas
    The programme is organised in the following focus areas:
  • Clean Technologies: offshore wind, winter heating, energy storage and smart grid-connected technologies, civil nuclear and low carbon transport
  • Bridging the Transition: pathways for reduced coal utilisation
  • System Reform: power sector reform and systems thinking
  • International Governance and Engagement: international energy governance, South-South engagement & Belt and Road Initiative
  • Each area has significant potential for emissions reduction; interest from the Chinese Government for support; strong UK expertise in either policy, regulatory, research, or supply chain; and, is additional to work being done by other donors.

    The programme will be implemented via grant funded Technical Assistance (TA) activities, including but not be limited to policy research, knowledge sharing, training and capacity building activities that address China’s needs for a successful and fast transition to a low carbon inclusive growth model.
    Delivery Model
    TAs will be delivered through a combination of competitive grants disbursed to qualified third-parties as well as strategic advisory activities. The UK Government has appointed ICF International as the Programme Delivery Partner (PDP). ICF is supported by Deloitte. The PDP is responsible for programme implementation, including the administration of the competitive grant and strategic engagement mechanisms, as well as, supervising grantees and subcontractors.

    The first call for grants started in November 2019.