China the Biggest: Polluter

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

There is an almost endless list of what statistic China is biggest in, and what it consumes / produces most of. But not all of them are positive. The latest projection is that China will become the world’s biggest polluter this year – overtaking the US. The Independent reports that: “China’s emissions rose by about […]

Blacklisted Polluters Include MNCs

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

The environment has long been a topic of debate in China, and some of the issues have been covered here recently- e.g. increased fines for polluters, energy, and water. While the general assumption is that the worst polluters are domestic firms that may escape punishment due to their local “guanxi” or because of the importance […]

No Cap for Environmental Costs

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Most of the costs previously reported in relation to the environment have been…environmental ones (see more here: “Where is All the Water?”). Now, however, new regulations may help shift the cost burden to the polluters. A Reuters report notes that daily fines may be imposed instead of the current system: “Normally, fines for pollution are […]

By Invitation: Andrew Leung on Engergy and the Environment

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

From time to time the “By Invitation” series will present contributions from associates who are willing to share their valuable insights on China with readers of the China Business Blog. Further to my recent post on water problems, I am pleased to introduce this article, on energy and the environment, from Andrew Leung, former Director-General […]

Where Is All The Water?

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Behind the headlines about China’s phenomenal industrialization and economic growth lie some worrying environmental issues. At the top of the list for 1.3 billion thirsty consumers is water. Or lack of it. So forget “malicious” foreign investment – according to Professor He Shaoling, from the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, (via Xinhua), […]

All About the Environment

Monday, June 5th, 2006

I posted the other day about the environmental business in China (“A Good Environment – for Business”). Now a detailed report on environmental protection over the past 10 years has been issued by the State Council Information Office (and is reported at length in the People’s Daily). The report includes 10 chapters: I. Environmental Protection […]

A Good Environment – for Business

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

China’s industrial development has been good for business, but not for the environment. However, it may be good for the environmental business, according to recent reports on wastewater, environmental impact assessments and recycling. Examples of environmental problems abound (see here for just one of them “Dirty Business in Harbin”), and many are related to China’s […]

Disaster Management: Official Accountability?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Following recent environmental contamination and mining accidents that have caused loss of life and widespread damage, there has been a concerted effort to make officials and business owners take responsibility for their actions – or lack of them. Following the chemical spill on the Songhua River near Harbin, the head of China�s environment agency, Xie […]

Dirty Business in Harbin

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The latest industrial accident in China is also an environmental disaster � for local people around Jilin and Harbin, and for those downstream in Russia. The chemical plant, a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), released tons of toxic benzene into the Songhua river on November 13th. It was reported that, although […]