By finding common ground and shared incentives, the European Commission and China are working together to improve industrial efficiency. Having already agreed on numerous cooperation themes, this collaboration will increase market access and decrease greenhouse gases.
In October 2012, the third meeting of the ‘Industrial Energy Efficiency & Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction’ Working Group was held in China. During the plenary session, which was chaired by Vice-Minister of the Chinese Ministry for Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Director-General Daniel Calleja of the EC’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, the Working Group detailed potential collaboration agreement areas.
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, welcomed this cooperation: ‘We wish to enable European enterprises, in particular SMEs, to tap the huge potential of energy-efficient products.
We still have some work ahead to realise the market’s full potential, but our cooperation in this field is a first important step to help both EU and Chinese enterprises. It is vital that Europe quickly moves on from the current crisis and that we explore all options to return Europe to growth’.