Achieving Global Climate Goals by Strengthening Europe-Asia ties with Hong Kong
The seminar focuses on climate goals and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR regulations will be implemented in the Netherlands from July 2023, making it a pioneering country in Europe and globally. The polluter pays principle applies to manufacturers, importers, and distributors, who are responsible for the costs and management of their products. EPR also covers textiles, cars, batteries, electrical equipment, packaging, and single-use plastics.
The event will feature engaging panel discussions, bringing together business leaders from the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and the Greater Bay Area China, fostering collaboration in achieving global climate goals.
This seminar promises to be an important platform for sharing knowledge, discussing best practices, and exploring potential partnerships in the context of climate goals and the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility.
• H.E. Tan Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands • Ms. Shirley Yung, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union
• Openings Speech by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA
• Word of Welcome by Mr. Henry Tsoi, Deputy Representative, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels
Including VIP guests:
• H.E. Tan Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands
• Ms. Shirley Yung, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union
Business Development Coordinator Taiwan & South Korea at RVO
Lawyer at Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management
Robbert has been constructing for the Netherlands Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for textiles which will be effective from 1 July 2023 where the Netherlands is one of the first introducing such regulation in Europe and globally.
As a result of the EPR regulation for textiles, the polluter pays principle now applies manufacturers, importers, and distributors of textile products. They bear the costs and must ensure individually or collectively that they comply with the legal requirements with respect to collection, reuse and recycling of discarded textile products.
In Europe EPR already applies to cars, batteries and accumulators, electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), packaging and single use plastics (SUP).
Robbert incorporated his experience working in one of the largest textile collectors in the Netherlands: Sympany that is aiming at creating circular textiles. In that role he established several companies and advised on a major merger in the sector. Robbert was the first to implement the idea 35 years ago to place containers in cities to collect discarded textiles.
Robbert is excited to share and engage with the NHKBA 21 June 2023 audience.
Head of Investment Promotion at Invest HK Brussels
The mission of the Netherlands China Business Council to actively promote and expand two-way trade and investment, economic cooperation and mutual understanding between the business communities and public sectors of the Netherlands and China. The NCBC is a member of EUCBA.