Chinese Delegates Visit Bristol Office

18th October 2016

Local government members from Guangzhou in Southern China met with Eunomia to discuss waste and recycling as part of a tour which marked the 15th anniversary of the city’s twinning with Bristol.

As well as meeting with Eunomia, the visit organised by Bristol City Council included a meeting with Tracey Morgan Managing Director of Bristol Waste Company and the Lord Mayor. The trip finished with a ceremonial meeting at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens.

Led by Mr. Zhang Weicheng, Director General of the Commission for Overseas Chinese & Foreign Affairs, five party members including senior officials from the city and provincial environment departments came to Eunomia’s Queen Square offices to learn more about the Waste Operations Team’s work with local authorities.

Met by Eunomia Director Joe Papineschi, Head of International Business Development Darren Perrin, Principal Consultant Ann Ballinger and Analyst Wing Chu the guests were interested in Eunomia’s work in waste collections and recycling and  particularly interested in approaches to tackling food waste and the concept of the circular economy.

Eunomia Director Joe Papineschi said:

“We were delighted to host these guests who showed great interest in the work we do and left us with a generous gift. We have hopefully given them some ideas which will help them make informed decisions in the areas of waste and recycling when they’re back in Guangzhou. We very much hope to have the opportunity to visit Guangzhou in the not too distant future to provide the city with some more in-depth advice on waste management and resource efficiency.”

The Bristol-Guangzhou partnership was cemented in 2001 when a sister city agreement was signed and it was further strengthened in 2013 through the signing of a new Bilateral Agreement between the two city governments.  Both agreements were facilitated by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau (B&WoECB).

Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of Guangdong Province in South eastern China. Located on the Pearl River about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km north of Macau, Guangzhou was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub.

The sister city relationship brings together governments, universities, businesses and citizens to partner on policy, trade, research and education with an emphasis on sustainable urbanisation and environmental issues.

Picture caption: Local government members from Guangzhou in Southern China brought this gift for the Eunomia team