In 2014, VITO welcomed three delegations of Chinese officials and scientists, who came to Flanders to learn how to deal with air pollution. The exchange programme came into being through LIBOVITO, the Chinese joint venture of VITO and Chinese Antipollution Environmental Engineering.
In a developing country like China, air pollution is a pressing problem. The Chinese government created the first objectives for air quality in 2013, but has realised that at present, there isn't enough expertise in China to combat air pollution effectively.
Local Chinese governments sent several delegations to Europe for training in 2014. They were helped by subsidies and a cooperation with LIBOVITO, the Chinese joint venture of VITO and Antipollution Environmental Engineering, which specialises in researching air and water quality.
VITO took the three delegations - from industrial cities Jinan and Tianjin - to several companies and organisations in Flanders. The foreign visitors learned about the management of air quality in Flanders.
VITO created a flexible training course for the delegations. The course lasted three weeks and took the Chinese delegation members to the Flemish Environment Agency, The Sniffers (a company that provides solutions for managing industrial emissions) and the Municipal Port Company Antwerp. LIBOVITO is currently negotiating with other Chinese cities to have other delegations visit VITO and Flanders.