A delegation of 30 Chinese businessmen have visited the UK as part of a two-week tour to see first hand examples of industrial best practice in Europe.
Their trip to the UK has also included a visit to BIP Oldbury Ltd in the West Midlands to see how the company is recycling waste cooking oil into bio-diesel.
Chinese team leader Dr Peng Sizhen said: "China needs to strengthen the national capacity in this field through increased contacts and exchanges between itself and the European Union, with the ultimate objective of promoting sustainable development.
BIP has been manufacturing plastics and chemicals at its Oldbury site for over 100 years, but when the company lost a major contract it was forced to look at alternative ways to continue to trade and therefore took to recycling cooking oil.
The tour was organised by EU-China Environmental Management Cooperation Programme (EMCP) and the Chinese delegation were hosted by the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, which looks to create sustainable business opportunities in the UK and across the world.