A delegation of the Department of Science, Technology and Standards of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China visited Belgium and Germany from November 13 to 20, 2016 for an exchange on ecolabelling.
The meetings with representatives of the European Commission (DG Environment) and the German Federal Ministry for The Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in Brussels and Berlin enabled both sides to elaborate on current developments on ecolabelling in the EU and China. More specific issues, such as ecolabelling in the textile industry and air conditioners, were subject of meetings with the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and Proklima, both of which are projects of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Discussions on the so called Blue Angel (Blauer Engel) which were led with experts of the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) have been of particular interest for the Chinese side. The German certification for products and services that meet certain environmentally friendly aspects has been awarded since 1978 and is the oldest ecolabel in the world.