China Greentech Report. Read It!

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

This report, issued for the first time, is an important, and fascinating, piece of work. The National Day holidays provide some useful downtime to read it (and it does run to 164 pages…). Nobody can doubt the importance of the environmental and sustainability agenda in (and for) China. This research lays out the facts, along […]

Long Live The (Green) Revolution!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

All those interested in the environment must also be interested in China (size alone dictates). So here is a link for them (just about everyone?) to a hefty online tome from McKinsey (which we, it must be admitted, have not had time to read in full). McKinsey: “China’s Green Revolution” h/t @christinelu For those with […]

Where Is All the Rain?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Recent news about north China’s drought may be filling the headlines, but the story is hardly new (see our post “Where Is All The Water”, from 2006, here). The latest, worrying installment of the water story is outlined here by Bloomberg: “China’s worst drought in five decades may persist into March, with the dominant weather […]

China the Biggest: In Carbon Emissions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

As noted on these pages, China is the biggest in an increasing number of areas – not all of them positive, but mostly reflective of the sheer scale of the country, and speed of growth. The latest headline relates to carbon emissions, and confirms other research, reported earlier. From “CHINA has leapfrogged the US […]

China The Biggest (Polluter – Again!)

Monday, May 5th, 2008

We reported in March 2007 that China was, by some estimates, the biggest polluter in the world (but not, thankfully, in a per capita sense – something comfortable western consumers, and their media, would be well advised to remember when comparing and contrasting lifestyles). Anyway, now it is doubly official. According to the BBC “China […]

China’s (Urban) Rise

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Urbanization has already had a huge impact on China, but a new McKinsey report (h/t All Roads Lead to China) entitled “Preparing for China’s Urban Billion” brings it into focus: “The scale and pace of China’s urbanization promises to continue at an unprecedented rate. If current trends hold, China’s urban population will expand from 572 […]

Race for the Environment

Monday, October 29th, 2007

As reports emerge – out of thick smog in Beijing – of worries about the 2008 Olympics (despite over US$10 billion being spent on pollution control measures), China has announced a major environmental clean-up project, with investment of US$14.5 billion. IHT reports: “The 108.5 billion yuan (US$14.5 billion; €10 billion) plan to clean up Lake […]

The Environment: A Disaster, RMB10 Billion & A Blacklist

Monday, July 30th, 2007

US Treasury Secretary Paulsen seeks common ground in the form of the environment on his latest China trip. While that might usefully take discussions away from the RMB (and the latest Senate bill) it also comes at a time when the environment in China is again hitting the headlines (The Star): “Residues from a local […]

Transparency And The Environment

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The environment is high on the government agenda, as President Hu Jintao made clear recently, but there is still much to be done. The FT notes an OECD report that has some scary conclusions: “China’s air pollution will cause 20m people a year to fall ill with respiratory diseases, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and […]

Targeting The Environment

Monday, June 4th, 2007

In a recent announcement (reported in the FT) Premier Wen Jiabao publicly called for better environmental protection – especially better implementation from local officials – and more energy efficiency in heavy industries (specifically: power, steel, oil refining, chemicals, construction materials and metals). While the leaders make speeches, and regulators start to have an impact, the […]