The Future is Circular: Towards a Circular Economy in China

  • Date
    23 February 2023
  • Beijing Time
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Brussels Time
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Location
  • Venue
  • Open to
    All European SMEs
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Underpinned by governmental initiatives and policies to promote greener production, improve waste management, reduce energy and water consumption and reach carbon neutrality by 2060, the circular economy has become a hot topic in China.

Chinese consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, pushing companies to be more environmentally responsible. While China is clearly taking steps towards a circular economy, the concept is still in its nascent stage and there is space for improvement. What are the implications for European SMEs doing business with China?

The EU SME Centre and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are organising an online training seminar to discuss the concept of a circular economy in China and explore the opportunities, support measures available to European SMEs as well as the challenges they are currently facing.

Join this webinar to:

  • Understand the current situation of the circular economy in China as well as the driving policies and the key regulatory milestones in Europe and China;
  • Gain insights into the opportunities and supporting measures European SMEs can access in this area;
  • Understand the main challenges and innovative business models in this sector;
  • Learn from the case studies of doing business in the field of green and circular economy in China.

This free event is open to all SMEs from European Union Member States and countries participating in the Single Market Programme.


16:00 – 16:10

Words of welcome
Presentation of the EU SME Centre, by Helika Juergenson, Training Manager, EU SME Centre
Welcoming words from the European Chamber, by Frank Redecker, Board member of the European Chamber Nanjing Chapter

16:10 – 16:30

The Importance and Benefits of the Circular Economy – How European Companies Can Engage in China
Chia-Lin Coispeau, Partner, Maverlinn Impact Innovation

16:30 – 16:50

Key Lessons Learnt from Veolia Solid/Plastics Waste Management in China
Francois Jenny, Senior Vice President, Veolia China

16:50 – 17:10

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Frank Redecker, Board member of EUCCC Nanjing

– Chia-Lin Coispeau, Partner, Maverlinn Impact Innovation
– Francois Jenny, Senior Vice President, Veolia China
– Ermanno Vitali, CEO, FAAM China

17:10 – 17:25

Q&A session

17:25 – 17:30

Closing remarks

Chia-Lin Coispeau
Partner, Maverlinn Impact Innovation

Ms. Chia-Lin Coispeau is Partner at Maverlinn Impact Innovation and a French Trade Advisor. Maverlinn is a strategy and growth acceleration advisory firm specialised in the resolution of complex corporate governance issues and shared value creation. Chia-Lin focuses on strategic analysis & business development, branding, CSR & Social Innovation.

She has over 15 years of international professional experience (Bain & Co, Louis Vuitton, Guinness…) gained in Europe and Asia. She has worked in China for over 10 years and is a regularly invited guest speaker. She is also co-founder of several social enterprises and support several programs such as the UN Women WEPs Program or the Cartier’s Women Initiative. She is also a Vice-president of the Paris based not-for-profit RICCI Association, and promotes the “Grand Ricci, dictionnaire encyclopédique de la langue chinoise”, the world’s largest database between Chinese and a Western language, with 400 years of history. She holds a MBA from INSEAD business school and majored in Chemical Engineering in France and Germany.

Francois Jenny
Senior Vice-President, Veolia China

Francois Jenny has been working in China since 2005 and involved in the environmental industry from the late 90s. He studied in both France at University of Compiegne (MSC in Chemical Engineering) and the UK graduating from Cranfield University (MSC in Applied Energy) and from Warwick University (MBA). Francois has been engaging in the waste management industry since early 2000, responsible for a variety of waste treatment and recycling plants in Greater China and Asia including Municipal Solid Waste, Organic Waste, Hazardous Waste, Plastic, Construction and Decoration Waste, Soil Remediation, Industrial Services and Sustainable Waste Management etc.

Francois is currently working for Veolia China as Senior Vice President, in charge of the Solid Waste & Recycling Business Line including Plastic Recycling, Battery Recycling, Landfill, Electronic Waste etc. Francois has developed expertise in circular economy and sustainable development and he is accompanying private and public partners to develop and implement their sustainable development and circular economy road map.

Ermanno Vitali

Ermanno Vitali is currently CEO at FAAM China, a wholly-owned company of SERI Industrial, an Italian company listed in Milan stock market. FAAM ( is a leader company in the production and sale of batteries for industrial application.

He worked for FAAM between 2006 and 2013 and was in charge of setting up the business of FAAM in the China market. He also worked as General Manager for AnsaldoBreda Joint Venture in China between 2016 and 2019, managing the implementation of the Electric Traction System of urban railways of Chongqing Metro Line 6. In 2005, he worked in the USA, in the R&D department of Celgard LLC, a producer of separator for Lithium Battery.

He graduated in 2004 in Marketing and Communication – Faculty of Economics at Urbino University, Italy. He is currently Board Member of China Italy Chamber of Commerce. In January 2022, he was selected in the Panel of Arbitrator, Shanghai Arbitration Commission – 7th Cohort. In 2022, he won the title of “Outstanding Entrepreneur” of Yixing, Xushe Government. In 2020, he won the honorary title of “Advanced Industrial Worker” in Yixing, Xushe Town. He was awarded the China Award 2011 as “Young Manager” by “Fondazione Italia-Cina” and “MF-Milano Finanza”.

Panel Moderator
Frank Redecker
Board Member, European Chamber Nanjing

Frank has more than 10 years General Manager experience in China and more than 35 years worldwide experience in various industries including manufacturing, automotive, heavy machinery, and foundry. He is focused on creating a mindset change that enables a corporation business to evolve into a sustainable and self-sufficient Learning Organisation.

He has remarkable records in transforming organisations through strategic and organisational development, process optimisation & reengineering based on LEAN management and 6SIGMA principles, including restructuring and organisational redesign & realignment across the business segments.

For about 6 years, Frank has served as an elected board member the European Chamber of Commerce of China in Tianjin as well as in Nanjing. The experience of supporting companies and talents from European countries and China to learn and benefit from each other is the key objective of his new company REACH Talent Consulting (Xuzhou) Co., Ltd. He wants to contribute to growing the cooperation between different cultures.

Frank holds a Dipl.-Eng. degree in Marine Engineering at University of Hamburg; he is CIW Certified Marine Engineer and Certified 6SIGMA Black Belt.

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