Category: Environment

Investing in Clean Air

Opportunities for Thermo Fisher Scientific have expanded as China has boosted efforts to curb air pollution. By Christina Nelson Severe air pollution in China’s major cities has closed schools, delayed flights, and inspired a variety of creative homemade air filtration solutions....

/ January 27, 2014

Severe Air Pollution Portends Future Pressure for Business in China

By Joseph Luk Recent severe smog incidents in northeast China have cast the country’s environmental problems back into the spotlight. In Harbin, air pollution was so thick—surpassing World Health Organization standards by more than 40 times—that the municipal government closed...

/ October 25, 2013

Economist: To Tackle its Problems, China Must Continue to Invest

Without more investment, an economist argues that China cannot solve its most pressing problems, including pollution, traffic congestion, food security, and the quality of medical and educational services. By Ben Baden These days the general consensus is that China must...

/ June 10, 2013

Infrastructure and the Environment in Chinese Cities: Prospects for Improvement

by John Bachmann and Joe Burnett Infrastructure has opened the door to socio-economic development in China. Economic growth—facilitated in part by roads, water, and power investments— has helped pull roughly 700 million people above the poverty line in the last...

/ July 1, 2012

Beyond Compliance

A new breed of managers take on environment, health, and safety issues in Chinese factories.by Matthew DeGrootFor decades, one of the biggest challenges facing companies that source products from China has been ensuring that their supply chains are clean, fair,...

/ April 1, 2012

China’s Environment Targets: Another Cost Increase on the Horizon

by Julie WaltonHow prepared is your company to pay taxes in China on the energy it uses and the pollution it creates? Despite the media discussion about rising costs in China—such as land, labor, capital, or raw materials costs—China-based executives...

/ April 1, 2012

China’s Melting Pot

by Joseph LukLast August, I joined an educational tour, the China Energy Trip, led by students from Jiaotong University in Xi’an, Shaanxi. The trip started in Shanghai, took us through Henan province, and ended in Xi’an. The group was a...

/ April 1, 2012

China’s Green Building Future

Green building makes up a small proportion of China’s construction industry, but government targets may give sustainable building a boost over the next five years. by Christina NelsonAbout 60 kilometers outside Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, is a luxury...

/ April 1, 2012

Chinese Investment in Clean Energy

Chinese investment in clean energy in the United States is still small, but its growth may offer benefits for American businesses and US-China relations.by Linden J. Ellis, Devin Kleinfield-Hayes, and Jennifer L. TurnerThe seven bilateral clean energy agreements signed by...

/ April 1, 2012

What’s Next for Foundations in China?

Lack of transparency and the wait for new regulations have some companies looking for other options to broaden their social impact in China.by David Livdahl, Jenny Sheng, Henry Li, and Jack TseMany multinational corporations (MNCs) aim to develop a well-crafted...