CLEPA joins Circular Economy Mission to Beijing



This week, CLEPA joined the EU’s Circular Economy Mission to Beijing as part of a delegation including 79 representatives of 34 companies; 15 European business associations; 6 national business associations; 2 national research institutes; 4 national governmental organisations and 1 foundation.


CLEPA representatives met with leading figures of the Circular Economy industry from across the EU and China, including European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, the China Association of Circular Economy (CACE), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).


During the week, representatives discussed the following topics:

  • China’s Circular Economy Policies and Legislation
  • EU’s Circular Economy Package and implementation
  • EU-China cooperation
  • Circular Economy Technological Innovation
  • Opportunities for Business – Green Technologies and Green Business Perspectives


The delegation comprised CEOs and industry representatives who between them represent 14 different nationalities (namely Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and UK).


Alongside European suppliers, various sectors of industry were represented including agro-biotechnology, chemicals, crop sciences, food and medical, luxury, sustainable construction, packaging, plastics, recycling, renewable energy, water and related services, waste management, IT, telecom, etc.


The European companies present in the delegation together with the European business associations, national business associations, national research institutes, national governmental organisations and foundations employ more than 6.3 million employees and reach € 1315 billion in turnover.


CLEPA President Roberto Vavassori discussing the Circular Economy

with European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella


About the Circular Economy Missions

The Circular Economy Missions are a series of high-level political and business meetings in third countries to communicate and promote sustainable and resource-efficient policies.


The missions are organised by the Directorate-General (DG) for the Environment of the European Commission and aim to build bridges between European institutions, NGOs and companies and the relevant stakeholders in those third countries, interested in the opportunities that the transition to the circular economy brings.


These initiatives have the potential of strengthening existing and creating new ties between the EU and third country institutions in the field of environment, as well as supporting green European businesses – especially SMEs- to expand their activities abroad.




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