China cuts CO2 emissions

China Greenhouse EmissionsThe Chinese government has approved a set of regulations designed to protect the environment and improve the safety standards of food and water.

The Middle Kingdom is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

The National Council recommended, among other things, to accelerate the installation of emission level controllers for small refineries operating on coal, and slower development of the most energy-intensive industries such as metallurgy, chemical industry, petrochemical and cement.

Enterprises in the most polluting industries will have until the end of 2017 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent.

Instructions were issued to regional authorities to raise the criteria used in the evaluation of various projects in terms of their impact on the environment, and not to grant authorisation, funding and land projects to those that do not meet the new standards.

It is also expected penalties to be imposed on companies that do not follow these rules.

The package of environmental regulations in China is seen as the first stage of the reforms promised by the new president Xi Jinping.

It is a step to show that his country will not sacrifice the environment for the sake of economic growth.

Source: – Chiny tną emisję CO2. To rewolucj (translated from Polish by Piotr Chodak)

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6 replies

  1. Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    This is encouraging, although it’s well to keep in mind that China is not the centralised bureaucratic state so beloved in the imaginations of many in the West. In fact, powerful local and regional leaderships, often with constituencies which will be negatively impacted by new regulatory measures, will mostly be tasked with implementing the new policies. We’ve had ample evidence in recent months of the relative weakness of the central government when faced with local and regional corruption.



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