DIF Studio Comparing Circular Economy Policies Across Europe and China

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  • Raimund Bleischwitz, Jie Zhou

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China is at a turning point in its economic history and has the potential to capitalise on over 15 years of interest in aspects of a circular economy. This year is the milestone year for EU and China collaboration - A joint Memorandum of Understanding on Circular Economy Cooperation was signed at the 20th EU-China Summit.

How can the world’s two largest economies accelerate the adoption of circular economy practices at a global scale, creating the potential for a ‘system shift’ towards a low carbon, regenerative economy?


Raimund Bleischwitz

Raimund Bleischwitz

Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London

Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (UCL BSEER). He has been Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and he participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals (Green.EU/Inno4SD, RECREATE, POLFREE, Minatura, Mica). Till July 2018 he was Deputy Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR).

Jie Zhou

Jie Zhou

Research Analyst, China @ Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Jie Zhou is a Research Analyst currently working on the project “The Circular
Economy Opportunity for Urban and Industrial Innovation in China”. In November 2016, Jie was awarded a Masters Degree in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College, London.


Jocelyn Bleriot

Jocelyn Bleriot

Executive Officer

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