Bloomberg profiles Xie Zhenhua, former head of China’s state environmental protection agency and now the country’s chief negotiator in Copenhagen: Xie, who resigned after an explosion at a PetroChina Co. plant...
by Michael Zhao | Feb 25, 2008
China’s environmental watchdog is dealing another blow to the country’s heavy polluters, with a “Green Securities” regulation that aims to blacklist, and block the inflow of capital of, heavyweight...
by Kiran Goldman | Feb 15, 2008
From Reuters: Local governments in China are resisting Beijing’s attempt to hold back bank credit from big polluting businesses. “Some provinces and financial institutions have not implemented the green credit policy...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 13, 2008
According to Chemistry World magazine, the Chinese government is planning to replace SEPA with an environmental ministry this year: Hong Yaxiong, deputy director at SEPA’s department of policy, said that the move would...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 24, 2008
The Economist writes about the different challenges SEPA, China’s environmental protection agency, faces in its efforts to curb pollution: THESE days China’s environmental bureaucrats know how to talk the talk. They...
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 31, 2007
From China Daily: In addition to prices, earnings ratios and dividends, there is now another benchmark for stock market investors to watch – corporate environmental performance. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) is proposing to force publicly listed companies to regularly disclose environmental information through new rules that could be finalized in the next six […]
by Kate Zhao | Oct 15, 2007
From Planet Ark: China is considering an environmental tax on polluters to cut emissions, a senior government official said on Monday. “We are actively promoting this idea. But we have to consult with relevant ministries,” Pan Yue, deputy head of the State Environmental Protection Administration , told reporters on the sidelines of the ruling Communist […]
by Liu Yong | Sep 24, 2007
From Xinhua, via China Daily: China’s overall environmental situation is still “serious” with frequent pollution accidents affecting the quality of life for many people, said a report released by the environment watchdog on Monday. China’s investment in pollution control hit a record 256.78 billion yuan (US$34.24 billion) in 2006, up 7.5 percent year-on-year and accounting […]
by Wu Nan | Sep 23, 2007
Will China have the chance to wipe out the pollution by itself before the country turns into an environmental disaster zone? Editorial from The New York Times: In 1991, Lawrence Summers ” then the World Bank’s chief economist and later Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary ” wrote a memo suggesting that the bank should encourage the […]
by Sophia Cao | Sep 23, 2007
From Xinhua via China Daily: China’s environmental watchdog has taken three cities, one county and one industrial zone off its blacklist as these places have passed environmental reassessment. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) said in a notice on Sunday that the five areas have met the “essential requirements” of environmental protection after “earnest overhaul.” […]
by Zhaohua Li | Sep 18, 2007
Hefei-based subsidiaries of Unilever and Hitachi“the only two foreign firms included in a spot environmental inspection earlier this summer”were both caught pumping out wastewater in violation of government limits. Now the State Environmental Protection Administration promises domestic-foreign parity in the handing out of punishment. From China Daily: A senior official at the environment watchdog yesterday […]
by Michael Zhao | Sep 11, 2007
China’s environmental watchdog is willing to become an underdog in producing real solutions to the snowballing pollution problem in China. Translated from Oriental Morning Post (‰∏úÊñπÊó©Êä•): SEPA, China’s equivalent of US EPA, has four times announced “environmental protection storms” over recent years, but the results are modest, admitted its outspoken deputy chief Pan Yue (ÊΩòÂ≤≥) […]
by Kate Zhao | Sep 5, 2007
From Reuters: More than half China’s drug factories will have to improve their waste disposal or face shutdown under the first pollution standards for the industry to be unveiled this year, state media said on Wednesday. China’s environmental watchdog has closed down or suspended 649 firms and given dozens of others a deadline to clean […]
by Jonathan Ansfield | Aug 9, 2007
China’s Green GDP accounting team faces the risk of being disbanded in coming weeks unless seniors leaders step in to save their stalled experiment, a high-level source close to the State Environmental Protection Administration tells CDT. Team auditors hope to get word soon from heads of the State Council about their future. “But our only […]
by Kate Zhao | Aug 4, 2007
From Truehugger.com: While the notion that environmental protection can be good for business certainly hasn’t gone mainstream in capitalist China, this year the country has made some bold attempts to make pollution bad for business. In lieu of national policies backed up by a strong legal system — or just good ol’ fashioned brute force […]
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