Category: Environment

Navigating the Aftermath of the Jiangsu Chemical Plant Explosion, Four Months on

A March 2019 explosion at a chemical plant in China’s Jiangsu province has refocused public attention on environmental issues across the country. The latest in a series of incidents, the blast is now forcing China to carry out a difficult...

/ July 16, 2019

China Releases Green Industry Guidance Catalogue: Opportunities for US Business?

This article was originally published by the Paulson Institute. China released its new Green Industries Guidance Catalogue to help promote green development through clarifying the definition of “green industry” as well as harmonizing differing standards for sustainability. This new catalogue,...

/ April 26, 2019

How China is Forging a New Global Clean Energy Landscape

Yes—the world’s largest carbon emitter is simultaneously leading the globe in renewable energy production.

/ January 18, 2019

Ghosts of Fukushima: The Evolution and Future of China’s Nuclear Power

The Fukushima Daiichi accident shaped not only Japanese but also Chinese public opinion, and dramatically altered Beijing’s plans for the expansion of its own nuclear energy program. Seven years later, however, China may be returning to ambitious plans for its...

/ October 23, 2018

Beijing to New York: A Building Challenge

The United States long ago ceded the title of world’s tallest building to Asia and the Middle East. Seven of the top 10 tallest completed buildings in the world are now in Asia, according to the Council on Tall Buildings...

/ June 12, 2017

A “Win-Win”: China’s Leadership in Green Finance

Calling something a ‘win-win’ is one of Beijing’s favorite phrases, and whether it is derided as a slogan for China’s external relations or is explained as a core principle in China’s foreign policy approach, there is no doubt that it...

/ May 29, 2017

China’s New Environmental Protection Tax Law

In December 2016, the National People’s Congress promulgated China’s first Environmental Protection Tax Law (the EPT Law), replacing the existing Pollutant Discharge Fees (PDF) system in a bid to strengthen the enforcement of environmental regulations. Given the EPT Law’s impact...

/ May 24, 2017

New Five-Year Plans Promote Energy Industry Reform

Facing ongoing pollution challenges and a push to diversify energy sources, China’s energy planners kicked off 2017 by announcing an array of 13th Five-Year Plans (13FYPs). Offering quantifiable short-term goals for limiting reliance on coal in favor of oil and...

Navigating the Haze of Environmental Compliance

Costs of complying with China’s environmental protection laws are rising as companies operating there face higher compliance costs, more frequent inspections, and a swath of new laws and regulations on emissions. Already held to high expectations of energy efficiency and...

/ April 7, 2017

Mapping the Rise of China’s Commercial Drone Industry

Drones are a young and multifaceted industry that have only recently begun to show their true potential. In China, drones are now being used to change the business landscape and alter how companies conduct their operations in a wide variety...

/ March 15, 2017