Eunomia’s Managing Director Mike Brown attended the 14th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference (CIEPEP) in Beijing in June 2015.
The event, organised by China Association of Environmental Protection Industry (CAEPI), focused on solutions to environmental issues of growing public concern, such as ground water treatment, soil remediation and heavy metal pollution. Over 500 domestic and international waste management and technology enterprises were present, while 50 technical seminars, workshops and presentations provided an opportunity to share ideas and experience.
Mike saw indications of the steps China is making towards a more circular economy and the impact this is having on demand, both in terms of tonnage and quality, for Europe’s recyclate. He also learned about projects that are already under way including anaerobic digestion trials aimed at reducing residual waste and using source segregated food waste to produce digestate for China’s soils.
There is clearly significant interest in international exchange of knowledge and expertise to help China establish a circular economy. The event also provided a visible demonstration of the rapid growth of the waste sector in China – waste companies now employ over 10,000 staff.
Speaking after attending the event, Mike said:
“There was a great sense of China wanting to adapt, move quickly and to learn from others before implementing waste management in their own way.”