According to a report on the website of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection of Germany on November 1st, the German Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection, Steffe Lemke, expressed appreciation for the achievements of the 7th German China Environment Forum held in Taicang, China. Lemke and her Chinese counterparts unanimously believe that good cooperation between Germany and China in environmental and natural conservation should be further deepened and expanded. Combating plastic waste is one of the key areas.
The report states that the German China Environmental Forum is an important bilateral platform in the field of environmental policy between the two countries, and has been held regularly since 2003. During this forum, representatives from the political, business, and environmental organizations discussed sustainable economic models and solutions to promote environmental and natural conservation.
Lemke said, "I hope China plays a central role in overcoming the global crisis. Without China, we would not be able to contain the climate crisis. China's contribution is also indispensable in achieving international nature conservation goals and combating plastic waste. We are glad to have a productive and problem-solving oriented discussion at the environmental forum held in Taicang
According to the report, as emphasized in the German government's China strategy, China plays a core role in responding to the crises facing the Earth. At the same time, as the largest economy in Europe, Germany, with its strong chemical and plastic industries, also bears significant responsibility for global environmental issues.
As a way to implement the German government's strategy towards China, the German China Environmental Forum not only helps to promote intergovernmental cooperation, but also promotes cooperation among the business community, scientific community, environmental organizations, and civil society.
As the venue of the German China Environmental Forum, Taicang near Shanghai is renowned for its industrial park and sustainable development initiatives. Many German companies have set up factories here, including both large and small enterprises.
Taking advantage of this visit to China, Lemke also had exchanges with German companies active in China. She emphasized that "China and Germany shoulder special responsibilities, and economic powers must and can also set good examples. We can demonstrate to the world that while promoting climate change and environmental protection, we can also achieve economic success
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