EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme – Consultancy of the Environment Ministry of China on Heavy Metals Emission Reduction


In September 2012, China and the European Union signed the EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme (ESP). It aims at reinforcing cooperation of environmental protection between China and EU and introducing state-of-the-art technologies and expertise of pollution prevention from EU. The ESP programme serves as a reference and example of boosting ecological civilization of China.

From 2013 to 2016, the programme includes 8 projects on water quality, solid waste management as well as heavy metal pollution and control. The projects are conducted by 9 consortia, partnered by about 40 organizations from China, Sweden and the Netherlands. The project evaluation and elaboration of policy recommendations is coordinated by the Chinese Ministry for Environmental Protection in cooperation with experts from organizations in China, Sweden and Germany, together with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization).

The German contract partner is GIZ (Germany’s largest service provider in the field of international cooperation). The project is coordinated by the GIZ office in Beijing.

Aim and expected project results

Ökopol is commissioned by GIZ to support the ESP projects for heavy metal pollution reduction and control.

EU Environmental Sustainability Programme

GIZ Projects in China


Christian Tebert

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