China Environmental News Alert
Posted December 22, 2013 in Greening China
NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around the world on China and the environment.
December 16 - 22, 2013
China Faces 1.75 Trillion Yuan Bill To Clean Up Air Pollution
The Guardian (December 20, 2013)
Wang Jinnan, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, proposes 1.75 trillion yuan investment to clean up air pollution, which he claims will add 2 trillion yuan to GDP and create 2 million new jobs. The investment is dedicated towards cleaning industry, cleaner energy sources, and cleaner, and cleaning up motor vehicles
China, Japan, and South Korea To Jointly Combat Air Pollution
NDTV (November 15, 2013)
Representatives from China, Japan, and South Korea agree to boost sustainable development at the conclusion of a 2-day summit in Xianghe. Wang Chunzheng, vice chairman of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, underscores Japan and Korea's technological progress and experience in tackling energy efficiency, environmental protection, and air pollution treatment.
China's Coal Consumption Will Increase Despite Efforts To Curb Emissions, A New Report Finds
International Business Times (December 16, 2013)
In the latest annual IEA, "Medium-Term Coal Market Report," estimates that coal demand will grow at an average rate of 2.3 percent per year through 2018, compared with last year’s forecast of 2.6 percent for the five years through 2017 and the actual growth rate of 3.4 percent a year between 2007 and 2012. While China will account for nearly 60 percent of new global demand over the next five years, recent government efforts to diversify its energy consumption will help slow the global increase in demand.
Liaoning Fines Cities for Heavy Air Pollution
Global Times (December 11, 2013)
Liaoning fined eight cities in the Northeast China province a total of 50.42 million yuan ($8.3 million) on Tuesday for heavy air pollution, the first of its kind under new regulations released last year. Liaoning's capital city Shenyang received the heaviest fine of 34.6 million yuan ($5.6 million). The city had only three days that met official air standards in January.
Guangdong Sells $30 Million USD CO2 Permits in First Auction
Bloomberg (December 17, 2013)
China’s southern province of Guangdong sold 3 million metric tons of emission permits for 180 million yuan ($30 million) in its first auction. Yesterday’s auction, the first of its kind in China, drew an average bid of 60.71 yuan a ton, with the highest at 81 yuan, the China Emissions Exchange, which oversees trading in the province, said on its website. The exchange settled on a selling price of 60 yuan a ton for all the permits offered, with 28 companies bidding. Guangdong, the largest of seven carbon markets planned in China, is the first region to use auctions to allocate a portion of its emission permits instead of giving all of them away for free. The price of 60 yuan is the highest in the nation and compares with a minimum of 28 yuan a ton in Shenzhen, 25 yuan in Shanghai and 50 yuan in Beijing.
First Chinese Forest Project Seeks Local Carbon Cash
Reuters (December 17, 2013)
Chinese plantation firm, Cuifeng ,said it could store 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year over two decades in trees by planting 867 hectares of new forest across nine counties in Guangdong province. If the government approves the application, Cuifeng will be issued offset credits known as Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) for the carbon cuts it achieves.
Guangdong May Withhold Free Permits in Carbon Market
Reuters (December 12, 2013)
China's Guangdong province has warned emitters that unless they bid for carbon permits in government auctions at a regulated minimum price, they will not receive any free permits under the nation's fourth emissions trading scheme, sources said. The move can boost demand in the auction but might undermine the market, reducing the value of companies participating in the secondary market.
China's Lofty 2015 Shale Gas Goals Dependent on Two State Giants
WantChinaTimes (December 16, 2013)
CNPC and Sinopec together control about 80% of shale gas resources, while other domestic state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private enterprises have yet to turn out even one cubic meter of gas. In their defense, the shale gas areas obtained by these other enterprises are riddled with poor reserves and are difficult to explore. Earlier, in a statement issued in late November, Sinopec realized production of 73 million cubic meters of shale gas, while CNPC has turned out 70 million cubic meters.
China To Blacklist Illict Food, Drug Makers
Xinhua (December 12, 2013)
Information on producers who "have seriously violated laws and regulations concerning food, drugs, medical appliances and cosmetics management and received administrative penalties" will be made public through government websites, says the draft regulation, which was issued by the China Food and Drug Administration. Food producers who have used raw materials, additives and related products that cannot meet food safety standards, or added rugs into food, among other serious cases, will be ordered to stop production, have their licenses revoked and be blacklisted, according to the regulation.
Guangzhou's War on Waste
Global Times (December 18, 2013)
Guangzhou introduces new pricing scheme for waste collection in the hopes to encourage more waste sorting. Waste disposal fees will be worked out on the basis of four kinds of trash: "Kitchen waste" and "other waste" must be paid for but; "recyclable waste" and "hazardous waste" will be picked up for free. Residents will no longer pay a dumping fee to the government, but will buy refuse sacks priced from 0.1 to 0.5 yuan ($ 0.08), depending on the size of the bag. The dump-less-pay-less system is intended to motivate householders to sort their trash and help deal with the increasing amount of garbage city residents are throwing away.
(CENA prepared by Jeffrey Wong)
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