Jul 16, 2020

Eco-labelling: Video conference between CEC and BMU/ UBA

May 8, 2020

As part of the longstanding Sino-German cooperation on ecolabelling and sustainable consumption and production, a virtual workshop was facilitated by GIZ (SGEP) on 8 May, 2020. Participants included Dr. Ulf Jaeckel from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMU), Dr. Johanna Wurbs from the German Environment Agency (UBA), Dr. Christian Staerz from GIZ, Ms. Zhang Xiaodan from the China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), and other colleagues. To steer the bilateral cooperation, the 2020 work plan was discussed, including the possibility of and initial plans for a study tour to Germany. As a follow-up to the discussions during last year’s Global Ecolabelling Network conference in Suzhou, both sides agreed to sign the common core criteria for the product group of data shredders. In addition, participants exchanged ideas on which product groups could possibly be focused on in the future. To this end, CEC introduced its standard for absorbent hygiene products, and UBA in turn presented a resource-saving reusable cup system.

This workstream is facilitated by the Sino-German Environmental Partnership.

Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.