China: Joint Electromobility Roadmap

On 15. Mai 2012 the German-Chinese Standardization Cooperation Commission of the German-Chinese Joint Committee of Industry and Trade met in Dresden.

Attending on behalf of DIN were Director Dr. Torsten Bahke, Vice-Director Rüdiger Marquardt, and Ernst-Peter Ziethen, Director of DIN's International Cooperation Division. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Fang Xiang, Vice Administrator of Standardisation Administration of PR China (SAC) and Dr. Rainer Jäkel, Deputy Director General for Technology and Innovation Policy of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

One of the main topics on the agenda was electromobility standardization. Both sides were in agreement that the adoption of International Standards while simultaneously withdrawing national standards is the best way of creating a global market for electromobility. The sub-working group on e-mobility was given the task of developing a joint roadmap including objectives and a timeline for further activities.

Service standardization is to be integrated in the Germany-China Standards Information Portal. The Commission members decided to intensify the bilateral dialogue on both services standardization and IT security.

Other topics discussed included the smart grid, ambient assisted living (AAL), consumer protection and digital content management and protection.

The German-Chinese Joint Committee of Industry and Trade is the foremost coordinating body of the German Ministry of Economics and China's Ministry of Commerce. The Committee's main objective is to promote trade between the two nations, intensify their investment relations and strengthen technology transfer between the partners. Several working groups have been set up to address specific issues in greater detail. The group responsible for the technical rules sector is the German-Chinese Standardization Cooperation Commission.