Joint roadmap on circular economy by EU and China

June 27th, 2024

In April, the EU and China agreed to further their cooperation on the circular economy via a memorandum of understanding which lays out a joint Circular Economy Roadmap.

In April, the EU and China agreed to further their cooperation on the circular economy via a memorandum of understanding which lays out a joint Circular Economy Roadmap.

Under the memorandum, the parties agree to the following:

  • dialogue on design, planning and implementation of strategies, legislation, policies and research
  • strategic exchanges on management systems and policy tools, such as eco-design, eco-labelling, extended producer responsibility and green supply chains
  • strategic exchanges on best practices in key fields such as industrial parks, chemicals, plastics and waste, and
  • exchanges on investment and financing of the circular economy

China and the EU will hold annual high-level dialogues with broad participation from both sides, and organise capacity building, training programmes, workshops and people-to-people exchanges.

The first workshop, “Transition to a Circular Economy – EU and China’s approaches and the role of the plastics sector” took place on 16 and 17 May, and included dedicated sessions promoting:

  • open exchange on practice and design for a circular economy from a life-cycle perspective, and
  • policy developments and measures on single-use, bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics.

Both sides agreed to intensify their exchanges ahead of the final meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Busan, South Korea, in November 2024.

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