Category: Sustainability

Don’t Waste Investment Opportunity in Wastewater

In recent years, China has increased its efforts toward combating high levels of environmental pollution, a result of the country’s accelerated economic growth. In 2012, China declared war on pollution, and put aside RMB 3.7 trillion for the battle; more...

/ February 22, 2017

Chinese Consumers Adopt Greener Lifestyle

Decoupling notions of upward mobility and increased consumption will be crucial to China’s future prosperity. China’s economic rise has been based on a model of rapid industrial growth, manufacturing, and export. But now, growth is slowing and China’s population is...

/ February 10, 2017

Energy Transition Increases Need for US Technology

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This...

/ February 6, 2017

FDI in Green Buildings in China – a Solution for its Affordable Housing Problems?

In July, China’s State Council released data showing that the country is aiming to construct 3,500 new urban areas by 2030, with a collective capacity of 3.4 billion residents – roughly half of the world’s population. Although criticized as unrealistic,...

/ December 19, 2016

Meat’s off the Menu: Exploring Opportunities for Meat Alternatives in China

The Chinese government issued new dietary guidelines recommended by the Health Ministry that aim for a 50 percent reduction in the country’s meat consumption by 2030. China consumes about 30 percent of the world’s meat, including half of its pork,...

/ September 21, 2016

China Plants Seed to Tackle Soil Pollution

China’s State Council released a nationwide Action Plan for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control on May 31 that calls for laws to monitor, prevent, and remediate soil pollution, and aims to incrementally improve soil quality across the country by mid-century....

China caps carbon emissions and water, energy consumption

Premier Li Keqiang delivered China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on March 5 to the 12th National People’s Congress. The plan sets forth clear goals for overhauling or eliminating inefficient, outdated, or overcapacity industries and production facilities, increasing renewable energy production,...

After Paris Climate Agreement, What’s Next?

When it comes to forging international agreements the U.S. and Europe are oceans apart from China and Russia in their politics. At the UN, when there is the need for unanimity on the Security Council for action China and Russia...

/ June 8, 2016

Citizen Suits: A Watershed Moment In Environmental Litigation?

As part of China’s effort to emphasize environmental protection, the amended Environmental Protection Law (EPL) went into effect a little more than a year ago. The revisions not only increased public participation, but also enhanced environmental organizations’ ability to file...

/ May 13, 2016

China’s Agricultural Policy and the Urban Labor Shortage

Chinese policymakers’ aim to modernize the country’s agriculture industry and land ownership system could have drastic consequences on the landscape of the workforce.

/ April 25, 2016