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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Shanghai to Pilot China’s First Municipal Emissions Exchange

Posted in Business & Finance, Carbon Markets, Climate change, Environmental Policies by ebalkan on April 21, 2009
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Shanghai, often recognized for its free-market tendencies and environmental leadership, is introducing China’s first municipal trading mechanism as a means to curb pollution. Last Friday, in advance of a major carbon trade industry event taking place in Beijing this week, word began surfacing in the Chinese media that Shanghai plans to pilot an emissions trading scheme that will involve more than 300 companies’ trading “pollution discharge rights.”

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China Taking Uncooperative Stance on G20, Climate Treaty Terms

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 23, 2009

foxspainThe G20 Global Summit, which will take place in the UK in April, stands to be an important factor in determining China’s stance on climate change commitments as Copenhagen draws near.

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