Katherina Reiche opens Sino-German conference on sustainable economic development

'The switch to an environmentally friendly, low-carbon economy is providing industrialised, emerging and developing countries with new opportunities for growth and prosperity, and the world must continue to press ahead with efforts in this area. China and Germany have a particularly important role to play in taking forward this agenda,' said Katherina Reiche, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Environment Ministry, speaking at the conference 'Low carbon economic development and beyond: Cooperation areas for a green economy' in Berlin. She praised the wide-ranging efforts already undertaken by Germany and China, who have been engaging in intensive strategic dialogue on environmental issues for a number of years.

At the conference, representatives of German and Chinese governmental and research institutions discussed strategies for achieving a sustainable economy. Particular attention was given to the areas of sustainable, low-carbon economic development and innovative industrial processes, above all in recycling and water management.

In 2010 German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to continue and further expand Sino-German cooperation on environmental issues, which has so far been very successful. The conference, organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Adelphi, was supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry as part of the International Climate Initiative.