New Energy and Environment Digest 新能源与环保参考

Government, Backed into a Corner on Public Incinerator Concerns, Pushes Back

Posted in Recycling, Regulations, Waste Management by ebalkan on November 12, 2009

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Beijing municipal officials recently announced plans to continue with seven incinerator projects in the Beijing area, despite protests of nearby residents.

As we have reported before, Beijing’s trash is growing at approximately 8% annually, though the city is capable of treating just over half of what it tosses. Currently, 90% of Beijing’s solid municipal waste is sent to area landfills.

Though source waste reduction, improved recycling programs and more active resident seperation are among the many options available for addressing the problem, local and central level officials have prioritized the building of more incineration plants as their preferred approach.

This stance, combined with a lack of regulatory oversight and monitoring necessary to ensure the plants’ safety and environmental standards, has stirred dissatisfaction among local residents, and prompted vocal protests unseen in years past.

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Chinese Solar Company Plans U.S. Manufacturing Plant

Posted in Business & Finance, Electricity, Regulations, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on May 14, 2009

shi zhengrong suntech solar US manufacturing plant stimulus texas incentives PV panel largest leader photovoltaic module chinaChina-based solar producer Suntech Power announced plans this week to build a manufacturing facility in the United States to serve the growing U.S. market for large-scale utility projects and to take advantage of government incentives. (more…)

TALKING TRASH: Shanghai

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TALKING TRASH: Shanghai explores one city’s measure of success in improving waste treatment by implementing changes at all levels of waste management.

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Outsourcing Toxic Dumping, in the Name of the Environment?

evan071Does the Obama administration have the will to face the prospect that a low cost approach might be inimical to a low carbon strategy, and ensure careful planning and responsible oversight? Or will US officials, keen on building a strong bilateral partnership, overlook the consequences of a business-as-usual scenario in China, permitting environmental degradation as the means to ambitious political ends?

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