The mainland's environmental watchdog has released the first batch of orders to control the emission of greenhouse gases after being upgraded to the ministry level last month.
The government is hoping the new Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) - formerly the State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) - now has more teeth.
Sepa was frequently criticised for lacking the power to enforce laws.
MEP's new standards specifically target the release of greenhouse gases.
The ministry's official website claims that China is the first country in the world to issue compulsory standards on greenhouse emissions.
According to MEP's 'Emission Standard of Coalbed Methane', China will ban the release of all gas from mines producing high-density coal, and will work on using the gas for domestic and industrial purposes instead.
Another new MEP standard - 'Pollution Control on the Landfill Site of Municipal Solid Waste' - raises the standards for both choosing landfill sites and the facilities that are used in them.
It also requires existing landfill sites to install sewage-treatment facilities.
The ministry also issued 'Standards of Pollutants for Heterocyclic Pesticides Industry' and an emission standard for heavy vehicles.
Lo Szeping, campaign director of Greenpeace China, said: 'Greenpeace is pleased to see that the new ministry of environment is trying to play a more active role on the issue of climate change, including [carbon dioxide] as one of the pollutants it tries to regulate through this new decree.'
As for the new regulation on coal-mine gas, Mr Lo said, using coal-bed methane 'can not only help save the climate but also improve the safety of coal mining. Greenpeace welcomes this initiative and believes that this could become another significant step the Chinese government is taking to tackle its domestic greenhouse-gas emissions.'