New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China’s Environmental Protection Law Amendments

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore

View from NRDC Beijing office window March 26 2014

View from NRDC Beijing office window March 26, 2014

Alliance President, Barbara Finamore, recently wrote on China’s new Environmental Protection Law Amendments and how its a big game changer for the country.

Barbara highlights how the new amendments to China’s bedrock environmental law puts powerful new tools into the hands of environmental officials and the public, providing a strong legal foundation to the “war on pollution” declared last month by Premier Li Keqiang.

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Chinese lawmakers worried over Energy Efficiency and Emissions


Coal Energy Plant in China

Last week Senior Chinese lawmakers expressed concerns over the country’s low energy efficiency and high emissions, as a recent report suggested that China is lagging behind its energy conservation and emission reduction targets.

Members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) held panel discussions last Wednesday afternoon on a report drafted by the State Council, China’s cabinet.

China has targets for emission cuts and energy saving in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), under which energy consumption per unit of GDP should decrease by 16 percent and carbon dioxide emissions should drop by 17 percent by 2015 from the levels of 2010.

By 2013, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP have dropped by 9.03 percent and 10.68 percent respectively from 2010 levels, but the country is still facing “a grim situation” in order to meet its 2015 targets, the report said.

“China is facing considerable challenges in its energy conservation and emission reduction initiatives,” said Miao Xuegang, a deputy to the NPC and head of the environmental protection department of Anhui Province.

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Webinar Series:
“Selling American Energy Efficiency Products and Services in China”

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June 4 

The series is organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. Commercial Service), in collaboration with the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and the U.S.-China Cleantech Center. Click here to visit the webinar webpage.

Cost: $45 per webinar. Click here to visit the registration page

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Webinar log-on information will be sent to registered participants 1 week before each webinar.

Webinar schedule:

  • Webinar #3: How to execute a successful China strategy: Building and maintaining partnerships 
    • Weds. June 4th - 5pm PDT /8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Thurs, June 5th - 8am)

Moderator: Elizabeth Turner-Fox, iCET
Speaker: Nand Ramchandani, OSIsoft LLC
Speaker: Jay Sparling, Honeywell

  • Webinar #1 (completed)Are there real opportunities for EE companies in China? Assessing recent developments in China’s energy efficiency market
    •   Tues. April 8th - 5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Weds, April 9th - 8am)

Moderator/Speaker: Elizabeth Shieh, Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Beijing
Speaker: Helena Fu, US-China Energy Cooperation Program, US Dept. of Energy
Speaker: Ben Foster, Senior VP, Optony

  • Webinar #2 (completed): IP and other business risks in China’s ee market. How to develop a strategic plan for my company: Assessing company readiness for China and managing potential risks
    •   Weds. April 30th - 5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Beijing Time: Thurs., May 1st - 8am)

Moderator: Terry Fry, Senior Vice President, Nexant
Speaker: James Chapman, Bingham
Speaker: Benjamin Bai, Allen & Overy

There will also be a 4th webinar on energy efficiency finance this summer. Stay tuned!

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Lung cancer cases linked to air quality in China

lung cancer chartA type of lung cancer reported to be increasing in Beijing has been linked to worsening air quality, with an expert warning that the potential health impact could be much greater than the SARS epidemic in 2003.

“The proportion of lung adenocarcinoma cases is increasing,” said Wang Ning, deputy director of the Beijing Office for Cancer Prevention and Control, adding that there has been a drop in the proportion of squamous cell lung cancer cases in the capital.

Adenocarcinoma of the lung is a common histological form of lung cancer that contains certain distinct malignant tissue, while the other type is a form of non-small-cell lung cancer. Medical experts believe that smoking is more likely to cause squamous cell lung cancer, while exposure to air pollution, such as exhaust gases and secondhand smoking, is more likely to cause adenocarcinoma of the lung, Wang said.

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China Exceeds U.S. on Energy-Efficiency Spending for First Time!

Residential buildings stand in the Fangshan district of Beijing, China. Photo credit:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Residential buildings stand in the Fangshan district of Beijing, China. Photo credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

It has just been announced that China spent more on energy efficiency than the U.S. for the first time, accounting for almost a third of the world’s total with $4.3 billion invested. According to data released yesterday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance,  global spending on energy efficiency rose almost 5 percent to $14.9 billion while North American investment declined as much as 33 percent to $3.6 billion.

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