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Detailed Rules for Implementing the Measures to Enhance Hydrogen Energy Industry Development of Huangpu District and Guangzhou Development District

Updated : 2021-08-10

Chapter 1 General rules

Article 1 To implement the Measures to Enhance Hydrogen Energy Industry Development of Huangpu District and Guangzhou Development District (Sui Pu Fu Gui 〔2021〕 No 7), facilitate policy implementation, and explain the specific contents and operation standards of relevant provisions in the measures, Guangzhou Huangpu district and Guangzhou Development District (GDD) formulate the detailed rules in line with the actual situation in the district.

Chapter 2 Applicable scope

Article 2 The measures are applicable to enterprises and institutions which have their industrial and commercial registration, taxation and statistics administration under the jurisdiction of Huangpu district, GDD and other areas entrusted by or governed by them (hereinafter referred to as the district) while meeting the following conditions:

(I) Have an independent legal person or non-legal person organization with a sound financial system and independent accounting;

(II) Abide by the law in production, operation and management, well-equipped with all required legal permits, and not subject to any administrative penalty from the environmental protection authority within one year and not commit any environment-related crime within three years;

(III) Not subject to any safe production administrative penalty caused by any violation of law with high social harm within one year and not cause any major accident involving safe production liability within three years;

(IV) Comply with relevant national, provincial, municipal and district credit management regulations and have not been publicly rebuked for behaviors of mistrust by relevant departments within three years.

Enterprises or institutions that are established within one year or three years also comply with the measures.

Chapter 3 Investment and settlement support

Article 3 Major projects newly invested by hydrogen energy enterprises or research institutes with more than 50 million yuan ($7.69 million) investment in fixed assets, that are completed and put into production or put into operation on time as scheduled in the investment agreement, land-rental contract or project record-filing, will enjoy a subsidy of 10 percent of the actual total investment of the project.

Key component product projects that meet the national fuel cell vehicle demonstration requirements and enjoy national demonstration support, if the fixed asset investment is more than 500 million yuan, will enjoy a subsidy of 15 percent of the total fixed asset investment. The key component product projects that meet the national fuel cell vehicle demonstration requirements refer to the electric stack, membrane electrode, bipolar plate, proton exchange membrane, catalyst, carbon paper, and the air compressor that meet the provisions of the Notice of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration on Carrying out Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Projects (Cai Jian 〔2020〕 No 394). For parts production projects in key fields such as hydrogen circulation system, the technical level of production products ranks among the top five similar products in China and meets other relevant requirements of China's national demonstration listed in Cai Jian 〔2020〕 No 394).

The same enterprise or institute can obtain the above investment and settlement support, not exceeding 100 million yuan.

Article 4 Enterprises or institutions applying for investment and settlement support will be supported in line with the following provisions:

(I) Major new investment projects occur within the validity period of the measures (subject to the date of the investment project filing certificate).

(II) Major projects newly invested are completed and put into production or put into platform operation on time as scheduled in the investment agreement, land-rental contract or project record-filing.

Article 5 The number of support requests is limited within three times. Enterprises or institutions applying for investment and settlement support again will be given differential support after the actual total fixed asset investment increases. The calculation formula is: current support amount = current support amount meeting the grade - total support obtained previously. The cumulative amount of investment and settlement support obtained by each enterprise or institution will not exceed 100 million yuan.

The support will not be superposed for those who have enjoyed an award given by other policies or fixed assets support.

Article 6 Explanation for relevant terms and conditions in this chapter are described as follows:

(I) The actual completed investment in fixed assets excluding tax shall be calculated from the date of registration of the new enterprise or the date of filing and registration of the new project, subject to the special audit report issued by a qualified third party provided by the enterprise.

(II) The actual investment in fixed assets mainly includes new civil engineering and equipment purchase.

(III) Completion as scheduled means that the project shall be completed and accepted within the time agreed in the State-owned construction land use rights  transfer contract (land project), the investment agreement (project leasing plant or property), or the planned completion time specified in the project filing certificate within the validity period of the measures.

(IV) Putting into production (or operation) within the agreed time means that the actual time of the project being put into production (or operation) is no later than the time agreed in the State-owned construction land use right transfer contract (land project) and the investment agreement (project for leasing plant or property) within the validity period of the measures.

Chapter 4 Research institutes recognition support

Article 7 Subsidies shall be given to national and provincial hydrogen energy research and development institutions or inspection and testing institutions, including 5 million yuan for institutions recognized by provincial departments and 10 million yuan for institutions recognized by national ministries and commissions. If the same institution has been recognized at the provincial and national levels successively, the subsidy of a single institution will not exceed 10 million yuan.

Chapter 5 Industry association support

Article 8 The industry associations in the field of hydrogen energy registered and established under the functional departments of the national, provincial or municipal governments legally will be given a lump sum subsidy of up to 1 million yuan, 600,000 or 400,000 respectively, and the subsidy for each association will not exceed 1 million yuan. This subsidy shall be collectively declared each year.

Article 9 The scope of subsidies for industry associations' activities includes: personnel costs, expert consultation fees, information fees, conference fees, other expenses directly related to entrusted tasks, etc. Relevant contracts, invoices and payment records of the previous year shall be submitted for declaration. If the actual activity costs are less than the subsidy amount, the actual activity funds will be fully subsidized.

Article 10 Industry associations in the field of hydrogen energy in the measures shall meet with the following conditions:

(I) A social organization legal person whose registered address is in the district and provides hydrogen energy enterprises with technology research and development, policy suggestions, standards and specifications, application demonstration and promotion, technical training and entrepreneurship support in the field of hydrogen energy;

(II) More than three full-time personnel;

(III) More than 20 hydrogen energy enterprises have joined the association, including no less than five research and development institutions;

(IV) More than two industry conferences in the field of hydrogen energy shall be organized in the subsidy year.

Chapter 6 Industrial park support

Article 11 A lump sum subsidy of 250,000 yuan will be given to the operation and management organization of recognized hydrogen energy industrial parks, and a one-time subsidy of 50 percent of the actual management costs, which will not exceed 1 million yuan. And the subsidy will last three years at most. Among which, hydrogen energy industrial parks that have introduced less than 10 hydrogen energy enterprises will enjoy an operation subsidy of up to 500,000 yuan per year, and hydrogen energy industrial parks that have introduced more than 10 hydrogen energy enterprises will enjoy an operation subsidy of up to 1 million yuan per year. This subsidy shall be collectively declared each year. The scope of operation subsidy includes: personnel expenses, activity expenses, other expenses directly related to operation and management, etc.

Article 12 If the hydrogen energy industrial park has introduced a hydrogen energy enterprise or institution, which has paid more than 1 million yuan in registered capital and operated normally for more than one year after entering the park, the operation and management organization of the industrial park will be given a subsidy of 50,000 yuan for each introduction, and the subsidy for each industrial park will not exceed 1 million yuan per year. Introduced hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions shall not be calculated repeatedly.

Article 13 For hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions that meet the introduction conditions of article 12 and have settled in the recognized hydrogen energy industrial park or other carriers, or if they rent offices and workshops for their own use, 50 percent of the actual rent of offices will be subsidized, and per square meter of the workshops will be subsidized at 10 yuan per month. The subsidy for each enterprise will not exceed 1 million yuan per year, and the subsidy will last three years at most within the validity of the measures. The subsidy will be allocated afterwards, which shall be collectively declared every year.

Article 14 In principle, the subsidy period for leasing offices and workshops lasts one year each time, and shall be applied in the next year after the enterprise and institution actually lease offices and workshops (subject to the starting time of rent specified in the lease contract filed by the housing management department).

The leased offices and workshops mentioned in this article refer to the offices and workshops leased by enterprises for their own use (the actual measurement shall be subject to the measurement of a third-party organization), excluding the warehouses, auxiliary canteens, garages and shared areas. During the period when the enterprise enjoys the rent subsidy, the offices and production sites shall not be sublet or shared, shall not be left empty, and shall not change the purpose of utilization without authorization.

Article 15 The hydrogen energy industrial park in the Measures refers to a park registered in the district, where more than 6 hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions with a paid registered capital of more than 5 million yuan are gathered, with unified operation and management organization providing various comprehensive management services such as investment promotion and operation for the enterprises or institutions in the park, has a discretionary and relatively independent site with an area of more than 3,000 square meters. More than 70 percent of enterprises or institutions settled in the hydrogen energy industrial park are mainly engaged in hydrogen energy industry.

Hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions that normally operate for more than one year after entering the park refer to hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions whose registered address and actual operation address are the same address in the industrial park, have been in normal operation for more than one year in accordance with the date of business license and house lease agreement, and have paid employee social security for more than one year.

Other carriers refer to carriers whose space is rented by hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions that do not meet the recognition criteria of hydrogen energy industrial park but approved by the development and reform department of the district. Enterprises or institutions that settle in such carriers and are eligible for enjoying rent subsidies only when they have paid more than 1 million yuan in registered capital and operated normally for more than one year after entering the carrier.

Chapter 7 Hydrogenation station support

Article 16 Subsidies will be given to hydrogenation stations built and put into operation within the validity period of the measures with daily hydrogenation capacity (calculated according to the gas filling capacity of the compressor working 12 hours a day) of more than 500 kg. Among them, if it is a comprehensive energy supply station integrating oil, hydrogen, gas and electricity, it will enjoy a subsidy of 2.5 million yuan. If it is a fixed hydrogenation station with independent land occupation, it will enjoy a subsidy of 2 million yuan, and for a skid-mounted hydrogenation station, 500,000 yuan will be subsidized.

For each hydrogenation station, if the total number of financial subsidies from the upper level obtained for selling hydrogen exceeds 5 million yuan or 50 percent of the fixed assets of the hydrogenation station, the regional subsidies will not be superposed. If the financial subsidy from the upper level is less than 5 million yuan or more than 50 percent of the fixed assets of the hydrogenation station, the subsidy of the district shall not be allocated.

Article 17 Operation subsidy for hydrogen station: in 2021, if the sales price of hydrogen is not higher than 35 yuan/kg, the subsidy shall be 20 yuan/kg; in 2022 and 2023, if the sales price of hydrogen is not higher than 30 yuan/kg, the subsidy shall be 15 yuan/kg.

Article 18 The subject of the subsidy for the operation of hydrogen refueling stations is the hydrogen refueling stations in the region. The amount of hydrogen subsidized refers to the hydrogen used by complete hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with core parts of complete hydrogen fuel cell vehicles provided by enterprises in the region (accounting for no less than 60 percent of the price of complete vehicles), registered hydrogen fuel cell logistics vehicles operated in the region owned by enterprises and institutions in the region and vehicles such as sanitation vehicles or fuel cell buses operating lines in the area.

Article 19 The operation subsidy of the hydrogenation station shall be preliminarily approved according to the hydrogenation flow records and hydrogenation expense invoices, and verified by comprehensive calculation with the vehicle mileage and the technical parameter index of hydrogen consumption per 100 km. The lower value of the two shall be taken as the calculation basis of the subsidized expense, and the support amount shall be determined after verification by the third-party professional organization entrusted by the development and reform department of the district.

Article 20 Relevant terms and conditions in this chapter are described as follows:

(I) Hydrogenation station: a special place for filling hydrogen fuel of hydrogen storage bottles equipped in the hydrogen energy vehicles, including hydrogenation stations and comprehensive energy supply stations for self-use, commercial operation or public service purposes.

(II) Comprehensive energy supply station: energy station including at least one energy filling capacity of oil, gas or electricity in addition to hydrogen.

Chapter 8 Fund superposition support

Article 21 During the validity period of the measures, the development and reform department of the district shall give financial support to the projects funded by the national, provincial or municipal departments declared by the development and reform department of the district and constructed in the district in line with the following provisions: Projects that are funded by the national, provincial or municipal departments will enjoy a fund superposition support of 100 percent, 70 percent and 50 percent of the subsidized funds respectively, not exceeding 5 million yuan, 3 million yuan and 1 million yuan respectively.

Article 22 In principle, the use scope of the district superposition fund shall refer to the same use scope of upper level support funds. The fund superposition application shall be submitted within one year after the project passes the acceptance, and the overdue application shall be deemed as a waiver.

The total number of operating subsidies at all levels obtained by selling hydrogen at each hydrogenation station shall not exceed the above limit. If the operation subsidy obtained from the upper level is lower than the above limit of the measures, the operation subsidy shall be allocated to bridge the gap. If the operation subsidy obtained from the upper level is equal to or higher than the above limit of the measures, the district subsidy will not be allocated.

Chapter 9 Finance support

Article 23 Bank loans for production or research and development obtained by hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions through commercial banks or financing guarantees will be given a subsidy of 50 percent of the total interest payable on the loan and limited to the loan prime rate (LPR) for the same period published by the national interbank lending center. The total amount of subsidy interest shall not exceed the amount of interest calculated by LPR interest rate in the same period. The subsidy for each enterprise will not exceed 5 million yuan per year, and the subsidy will last three years at most.

Article 24 When applying for a bank loan interest discount, the applicant shall apply for the loan interest discount for the previous year after the loan has finished a complete year (i.e. 12 months) and within 6 months after the repayment of the bank interest. If it is less than a complete year, the applicant shall apply for a loan interest discount within six months after the expiration date of the loan and within 6 months after the repayment of the bank interest.

The bank loan discount application enterprise shall cash it after providing loan materials and accounting relevant data. Each loan contract can only enjoy a loan discount once. The loan project for which an enterprise applies for a discount must be approved and put into operation within the validity of the measures. The specific date shall be subject to the loan contract signed between the enterprise and the bank and the date of bank loan issuance certificate.

Article 25 Hydrogen energy enterprises or institutions in the seed stage or the initial stage that obtain the investment from venture capital institutions for the first time and the venture capital funds have actually arrived in the account for 12 months (calculated from the actual arrival date of venture capital funds) within the validity of the measures, will enjoy a subsidy of 10 percent of the actual investment, which will not exceed 5 million yuan for each enterprise. Hydrogen energy enterprises in the initial stage refer to enterprises with total assets of no more than 50 million yuan and annual sales or turnover of no more than 50 million yuan and the period from the date of enterprise registration to the date of signing the investment agreement with venture capital institutions shall be less than three years.

Chapter 10 Supplementary articles

Article 26 The support from Chapter 3 to Chapter 9 of the Detailed Rules shall be carried out in the form of post subsidy; the enterprises or institutions applying for support shall submit the materials in line with the requirements at the policy fulfillment window, and the development and reform department of the district shall conduct a substantive audit, organize expert demonstration and review, and be responsible for fund cashing.

Article 27 A main project that has strong impetus and makes great contribution to the regional development will enjoy main support from the district separately upon approval of the government of the district and the administrative committee of the district.

Except otherwise stipulated, for any project or item that meets the provisions of the measures and other supporting policies of the District concurrently (including the policies on supportive funds or budget to be offered by the district required by the superior authorities), the provision with a higher award shall prevail and the same awards shall not be granted in superposition.

The total amount of financial support received by a single project from the superior and the local region shall not exceed the total amount of self-raised funds of the project implementation unit. The taxes involved shall be borne by the enterprise or institution.

Article 28 The funds required by the Measures shall be arranged by the district government and Guangzhou Development District administrative committee, and shall be incorporated into the annual budgets of the Development and Reform Department of the District. The policy fulfillment involved in the Measures adopt the service mode of "accepted by one department with internal process, integrated service within limited time". The policy research office of the district is responsible for formal examination, tracking and supervision while the Development and Reform Department is responsible for the substantive review.

Article 29 It is strictly prohibited for all kinds of intermediaries or individuals to illegally withhold, misappropriate, fraudulently obtain or falsely claim subsidy funds. Funds shall be used in accordance with the business and development activities of the enterprise or as agreed in the project task management report, and shall not be inappropriately used for other purposes. Those who intercept, occupy or misuse the support funds in violation of the provisions of the Detailed Rules shall be punished in accordance with the Regulations on Punishment and Disciplinary Action of Financial Violations, and the responsibilities of relevant persons shall be investigated.

If the enterprise or institution implementing the project under any of the following circumstances, the development and reform department of the district and the financial department shall order it to make rectification in limited time, and stop allocating or withdraw the allocated funds as appropriate. If a crime is constituted, criminal responsibility shall be investigated according to the law:

(I) Fraudulently obtain the funds;

(II) Does not require the use of funds in accordance with the regulation; transfer or divert the fund;

(III) Change the overall objectives and main construction contents of the project without approval;

(IV) Other violations of laws and regulations.

Article 30 If an enterprise fraudulently obtains project funds and refuses to return project funds in violation of relevant commitments, the department who is in charge of the project funds shall include the dishonest behavior into the enterprise's credit file according to the law, list the enterprise as the object of punishment for dishonesty on the Huangpu website and publicize it on the government's credit website according to law. The application for project funds of the enterprise or institution under the Measures shall not be accepted within three years.

Article 31 The data involved in the measures shall be subject to the data in the annual audit report issued by a qualified third-party institution provided by the enterprise.

The operating revenue involved in the measures is calculated in 10,000 digits (by the rounding off method), and the year-on-year growth rate is accurate to one decimal place (by the rounding off method).

The amount involved in the measures is calculated in RMB, and the final amount is accurate to yuan (the mantissa after rounding off the yuan).

In the measures and these implementation rules, "above (or below)" includes the original number, but "less than" and "more than" do not include the original number.

Article 32 The measures shall come into effect as of the date of printing and issuing, and shall remain valid until June 11, 2024. The Measures to Enhance Hydrogen Energy Industry Development of Huangpu District and Guangzhou Development District (Sui Pu Fa Gai Gui Zi〔2020〕 No 1) shall be abolished simultaneously.

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