New China Environmental Protection Tax Law Expected, Taxes will be Higher Than Discharge Fee, Won’t Apply to Vehicles
On August 29th, the Minister of Finance discussed the draft of EPTL at the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. The upcoming law will be collect an environmental protection tax from companies who discharge pollution into the air or sea. Vehicles are not listed in the draft. According to the law, the taxable pollutants are divided into four areas—air, water, solid waste, and noise. The new, higher taxes will replace the current discharge fee.
Liaoning Province: Pilot for Wind Power Heating System Underway
2016-8-22, People Daily
Liaoning Province, rich in wind power, built the first wind forecasting system in China, which has reached 90% accuracy. State Grid is exploring using this data to dispatch wind units to increase the local wind power consumption and decrease curtailment. A pilot program to use wind power for heating is using boilers to store power and provide heating at night. It could decrease wind curtailment by 20,000,000 KW/h per year and save 7,000 tons of coal.
Jing-jin-ji Region(Beijing-Tianjing-Hebei): Achieved Significant Result From Cooperative Control For Air Quality
2016-7-29, China Environmental News
Jing-jin-ji takes a further step towards completion of air quality management cooperative control mechanism, by expanding the cooperation in joint law enforcement, information sharing, and technology, which helps achieve significant improvements in air quality management. According to the news, Beijing has retired 176,000 vehicles that failed to meet certain emission standards in the first half year, bringing down the concentrations for 4 major pollutants. Among them, PM2.5 concentration decreased 17.9% from the same period of last year.
Power Sector Reform: a Substantial Step Towards Marketization is Drafted
2016-7-20, 21st Century Business Herald
National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration jointly issued a policy document in July for public consultancy. It states that new coal-fire generation units put into operation after March 15, 2017, will not have guaranteed generation hours. Their generation volume must be attained through power market trading, and will no longer get the regulated on-grid price. The document encourages large consumers and generation plants engage in direct bilateral trade. For those smaller customers, a retail company could be intermediary for trading with generation plants. This means the retail company will be allowed to earn a “agency service fee”. According to expert analyzes, under the power oversupply situation, the “directly access” for large customers will lower their power price, which will help them decrease electricity costs by 20%-30%.
Shandong Province: Collect For VOCs Discharge Fee
2016-6-13, China Environmental News
Starting on June 1st, petrochemical and package printing industries pay for their VOCs discharge fee, 3 RMB per pollutional equivalent. The fee will be adjusted to 6 RMB per pollutional equivalent from January 1st 2017, and it will be extend to both the vehicle and furniture manufacture industry as well as the aluminium industry. From January 1st 2018, it will cover all key industries with VOCs emissions.
Invisible Killer: O3 Becomes the Primary Pollutant in Some Regions Including Beijing
2016-6-7, China Environmental News
China is in the early phase of studying O3 pollutant control and how to decide the ratio of VOCs and NOX emission reduction is a key challenge to decrease O3 concentration. The sources of VOCs are complex, which makes the work even harder, an official from Ministry of Environmental Protection said.
Yangtze River Delta: PM2.5 Concentration Decreased 7% in the First Half of the Year
2016-8-20, The Paper
Henan Province: 50 companies that did not meet air quality requirements received harsh warning from the deputy governor
HEI and Qinghua university release joint health report for China: 360,000 premature deaths in 2013 caused by coal burning
2016-8-18, The Paper
Shandong Province, Rizhao city: issued two policy papers to regulate vehicle environmental protection test institutions
2016-8-12, China Environmental News
Henan Province, Anyang city: 9 local government offices received 970 000 RMB in penalties for failing to meet air quality standard
2016-8-15, China Environmental News
A detailed task list and a compliance evaluation rule were developed to implement the Clean Air Action Plan.
2016-8-8, China Environmental News
Yunnan Province, Kunming city: 3-year action plan for new energy vehicle industry development and application was made (2016-2018)
2016-8-4, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Hebei Province: 11 key industries shall reach VOCs emission standard in a given period, otherwise businesses will be suspend
2016-8-2, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Zhejiang Province: vehicles that fail to reach emission standard will be retired by August 2016
2016-8-2, China Environmental News
Sichuan Province: working groups for air quality/water/soil pollution prevention was established, the governor takes a leading role
2016-7-28, The Paper
Henan Province: straw burning is the “first barrier” to improve local air quality
2016-6-27, Economic Information Daily
Yangtze River Delate: how will Yangtze River Delta Zone achieve air quality standards? Business-as-usual and New Policy scenarios are given for the emission reduction in China by 2020
2016-6-23, China Environmental News
Beijing aim to meet PM2.5 targets by 2020, forestry coverage will reach 44%
Jing-jin-ji region(Beijing-Tianjin-Heibei) and Yangtze River Delta: good air quality days increase from same period of last year
2016-6-15, China Environmental News
Shanghai: 48 hours air quality forecast is online showing 5 different timeperiodes (tonight, tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night and the day after tomorrow)
2016-6-13, China Environmental News
Hebei Province: World Bank loans USD 500 million to Heibei province for improving air quality, the loan period is 19 years
2016-6-12, The Paper
Experts opinion: over 120,000 tons of clean energy vehicle battery will be scrapped in 4 years which could be re-used for energy storage purpose
2016-6-6, The Paper