The EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme (ESP) is co-financed with grants according to mutual agreement in-between the EU and China in 2011. The overall goal of the programme is to support China's efforts to meet the targets defined in the National Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Environmental Protection: to reduce water pollution, heavy metal pollution and improve solid waste recycling and utilization.

According to the EU-China Environmental Sustainability Project finance agreement, the EU will provide € 10 million to support China’s environmental protection activities in four major areas, i.e. water pollution control, sustainable solid waste management, heavy metal pollution prevention and treatment, policy integration and environmental information disclosure.

The implementation of the project should be built on best practice in China and international experiences including advanced pollution control methods to promote development of ecological civilization in China.

"Better water ecological environment in Tianjin Binhai New Area with less pollution discharge to the rivers and Bohai Sea (ESP-Tianjin)” is one of the projects in the EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme.

Updated: 2014-03-31

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