Products "made in China" are common today with a daily increasing share of traded goods. However, there are justified concerns about the sustainability of production in China and its negative environmental and social impacts. These concerns affect also the credibility of products "made in China". The proposed action is addressing explicitly production, implicitly also consumption (as unsustainable produced goods can in no way qualify as sustainable goods, independent of how 'green' they might look on the surface) as both sides of the same coin. The proposed action will address Cleaner Production, in particular environmental management systems (EMS).
The objective of the project are:
Transform environmental challenges into economic opportunities – that is the idea of the project EMAS Global China. October 22 and 23 marked the project’s first training in Shanghai. With the systematic environmental management of EMAS Global companies can maximise their potential to use environmental challenges as chance for better business. The training in Shanghai informed consultants and expert on procedures of the EMAS certification scheme. Resource person Dr. Reiner BEER, EMAS environmental verifier, started explaining the difference between an EMAS and an ISO 14.001 certification. Further sessions detailed EMAS topics including “Improving environmental performance”, “Legal compliance”, “Environmental statements”, or “Environmental policy”. The participants learnt steps for internal audits and management reviews. The project informed about the registration bodies for EMAS implementation and the registration bodies for certifier, and environmental verifiers.
On a third day, participants were able to test their acquired knowledge in practise. The group visited the Schaeffler production site at Jiangsu Province. During the factory visit they saw waste water facilities and emulsion systems. Participants had the change to reflect their leanings in relation to the realities at the Schaeffler production site.