UKEnvironmental Trade Association Signs Landmark Agreement to Access Chinese Environmental Market

Posted: Friday 21st June 2013

The UK’s Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences (CSES), easing UK environmental firms’ access to Chinese markets.

The agreement provides EIC member companies the ability to seek accreditation with the CSES, providing a platform from which to offer their innovative products and services into the Chinese market.

The MoU was signed at the Shanghai International Environment Expo (“IE Expo”) by EIC’s Chairman, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, and the CSES’s Secretary General Mr Ren Guan-Ping. Also present at the signing were: CSES Chairman, Mr Yuguing Wang; CSES Vice Director, Mr Xue Song Hou; and a delegation of EIC’s UK-based member companies.

The IE Expo saw over 30,000 attendees across three days, and in addition to the signing of the MoU, Dr Ogunshakin presented the benefits of closer Sino-British collaboration on environmental concerns.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said:

“Today marks a new opportunity for EIC in creating tangible export prospects for its members to take advantage of the growing market in China. The exchange of this MoU with the CSES positions EIC’s member companies closer to decision makers in China, securing a competitive advantage for UK companies operating in the growing environmental sector in China.”

Mr Ren Guan-Ping, added:

"On behalf of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences we are pleased with the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Environmental Industries Commission. We welcome EIC Members to China and to work closely in bilateral partnership on mutual environmental challenges and environmental protection. Secondly, we share a goal to grow green innovation and the green economy, developing new opportunities to work in collaboration between our respective Members. There are great opportunities for EIC Members in China to work with and assist us in creating a beautiful China. We regard the Environmental Industries Commission as our friend, we share a common goal, and a common dream.

Two families coming together to sign the Memorandum of Understanding: Two families, One Dream"

Richard Bennett, Managing Director of EIC Member Derwentside Environmental Testing Services (part of EIC’s delegation to China) said:

“This was a great opportunity to understand the environmental industries operating within China and what the market demands are, but most importantly what mechanisms exist to communicate and trade effectively within China. Together with the EIC and CSES, we aim to build on the relationships established at the IE Expo that is now possible through the signing of an MOU between both organisations.”

Dr Martin Ott, Political Affairs Director, Eminox, said:

“Eminox is pleased that the EIC has provided an effective political framework to enable our company to build relationships and conduct business in China. This will create new opportunities for us and other Members of EIC – which will be significant over the next 5 years. The prospect of developing a Low Emission Zone in Beijing following London's lead is exciting and a huge opportunity to share our experiences.”

Tony Wynes, Owner of Aquarius Marine Group Ltd, added:

“Our 18 years of EIC membership has led to many successes, but this visit to China organised by the Environmental Industries Commission has exceeded our expectations, where we are talking directly to the Chinese Government on important environmental matters that will affect China for many generations. The relationship and signing of the MoU between EIC and CSES will create the framework for EIC Members to engage with China for significant environment projects.”




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