Funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy Sector of Baden Württemberg,KIT is establishing the "Transnational Competence Center for Environmental Technology and Research Jiangsu and Baden-Württemberg" (TRENT) together with Umwelttechnik Baden-Württemberg (UTBW) and Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i). Insights into the project were given as well as first cooperation possibilities in the framework of TRENT were explored during a "High level event of TRENT", held in KIT China Branch in Suzhou on July 7, 2021. Due to the impact of the epidemic, the hybrid event was held with more than 80 representatives from governmental institutions, universities and companies joined. Professors and experts from Germany and China shared their opinions on environmental protection technologies, circular economy and eco-industrial parks. With the TRENT project, the existing technologies, competences and resources in the field of environmental sciences in Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu Province will be extended. Similar events will follow in the near future to enhance collaborations of research institutes and industry.