15 January 2018
Joint EU-China climate statement: Climate-KIC prioritises practical city-level collaboration
China’s President Xi visited Europe this week and reaffirmed, with EU Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy, the importance of climate change and sustainable development for both regions.
In a joint statement, the leaders singled out the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership as important and called for the relationships to be translated into concrete projects on the ground. Climate-KIC is one of twelve bilateral relationships recognised within the partnership.
Climate-KIC CEO Mary Ritter said: “I can announce that we have prioritised the development of practical collaboration with China and are working closely with the European Commission, the EU Delegation in Beijing and a range of Chinese partners to form outcome-oriented relationships between the Climate-KIC network of partners and China.”
Through its relationship with Tianjin – the fourth largest city of China – Climate-KIC works on city-level initiatives on smart city development and green buildings.
A bridge between Europe and China
The EU-China Urbanisation Partnership was launched in May 2012 in Brussels, and is intended to be a milestone in the strategic relations between China and the EU.
“We are working to form a bridge between Europe and China on climate and green economic development issues,” Ritter said.
As a pan-European network with the best of Europe’s businesses, universities and public sector organisations, Climate-KIC is in a unique position to do so. “Our network is very attractive to our Chinese partners – we have operations in twelve European countries and strong links with the cities and regions in our network,” said Ritter.