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Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

China Strengthens Regulation of Pesticides and Creates Centralized Pesticide Bureau

China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pesticides, is strengthening its regulation of agrochemicals. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) recently issued revisions to the country’s pesticide registration...more

China Prioritises Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment

The Chinese government has announced a US$4 trillion investment in developing infrastructure globally under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Under the BRI the Chinese government will spend US$750 billion on overseas...more

Green Bonds Offer a Solution for China’s Green Finance Challenges

Since establishing the People’s Bank of China’s Green Finance Task Force in 2014, China has encouraged green financing mechanisms through a variety of pioneering initiatives. For example, the country has designated five green...more

New Environmental Bureau to Regulate China’s Natural Resources

President Xi has announced the creation of a new environmental bureau to oversee China’s state-owned natural resources. Establishment of the new bureau is one of the most notable outcomes of the recent meeting of the 19th...more

Factories Shut Down Across China in Unprecedented Environmental Crackdown

In recent months, teams of inspectors from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Communist Party’s anti-corruption commission have conducted a slew of surprise inspections of various industrial facilities...more

President Xi Jinping Pledges Sustainable Development to Build a “Beautiful China”

At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping asserted his country’s emerging leadership in environmental stewardship and pledged to build a “beautiful China”. In his speech to the 2,300...more

China Encourages Green Finance to Meet Clean Development Goals

On 18 October 2017, the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will convene, after the week-long National Day holiday, marking one of the most important dates on the Chinese political calendar. Among the issues...more

China’s War on Pollution: Measuring the Economic Impact

China’s State Council released an “Opinion Concerning Establishment of a Long-Term Mechanism for Early-Warning and Monitoring of Environmental and Natural Resources Carrying Capacity,” which will halt major projects in...more

China Unveils Plan to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

Addressing a car forum in Tianjin, Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, announced that the Chinese government is developing plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries to phase out...more

China Dominates Global Investments in Renewable Energy

Market research has long recognized China as the largest investor in its own domestic renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China invested US$102 billion in 2015 alone....more

China’s Pilot Programmes Welcome Announced Launch of Emissions Trading System

Chinese policymakers have indicated that the country’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) — which will be the largest system of its kind globally and the centerpiece of Chinese climate change policy — is likely to launch in...more

Will Tougher Environmental Laws Mean Measurable Change for Pollution in China?

In reforming and updating its environmental laws, China has until recently been focusing on air pollution. Attention is now turning to addressing water and soil pollution as well....more

U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Creates an Opening for China to Lead

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced during a speech at the White House that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the agreement that the President argued would...more

China Increases Focus on Electronic Waste

As a world leader in the manufacturing of electronic devices, China is beginning to reform its rules and regulations to ensure that the resulting framework is able to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in...more

Belt and Road Forum Positions China as Leading Proponent of Global Trade

Leaders from around the world, including 20 heads of state, attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on March 14-15. The attendees at the forum agreed on guiding principles for the initiative,...more

Ministry of Environmental Protection Steps-up "War on Pollution"

Earlier this month, during a round of surprise inspections, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Zhao Yangmin publicly shamed the city officials of Langfang, a city in Hebei province, for failing to...more

Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Extension Bill Could Undermine Program

On April 18, 2017, California Assembly Members Garcia, Holden, and Garcia proposed amendments to Assembly Bill No. 378 (AB 378) that are intended to extend but significantly reshape California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. This...more

California Court of Appeals Upholds Cap-and-Trade Auctions

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for California’s Third Appellate District issued its decision in California Chamber of Commerce, et al., vs. State Air Resources Board, et al., upholding the district court’s decision and...more

China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released new guidelines (the Guidelines) on the issuance of green bonds on March 2, 2017, marking an important step in the development of what is now that world’s largest...more

US Environmental Regulations to Face Rollbacks, but Reform likely to be Tempered by Legal Barriers

Since assuming office in January, President Donald Trump – with the support of Congress – has stated his intention to roll back “burdensome” U.S. environmental regulations. The White House and Congress aim to reverse several...more

China Will Issue “Green Certificates” for Renewable Energy

China’s National Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC) – the country’s chief economic planning body – announced that a “green certificates” program for solar and wind power will be launched beginning on July 1, 2017. The...more

2/17/2017  /  China , NDRC , Renewable Energy

Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?

Climate change has become a key concern for China in recent years, as evidenced by its pledge to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60% from 2015 levels by 2030. As we have previously written, it has also become a...more

China focuses on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest judicial body, issued a judicial interpretation on December 26, 2016 which defines 18 types of environmental crimes as “serious environmental pollution” and identifies 13...more

State Council Announces Plan for a Pollution Discharge Permit System

China’s State Council released its “Plan for Controlling the Implementation of the Pollution Discharge Permit System,” (the Plan), which establishes guidelines and policy goals for the pollution permitting system being...more

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