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Conservation in China

Sepa's extra teeth a small step in the right direction, analysts say

The proposed elevation of the State Environmental Protection Administration to ministry status has been widely applauded inside and outside the Great Hall of the People as a big boost for the beleaguered watchdog and the country's uphill battle to clean its foul water an

Friday, 14 March, 2008, 12:00am

Sepa admits it lacks sway to block big oil refinery

The country's top environmental watchdog has admitted it lacks the power to block the construction of a massive oil refinery near Guangzhou, which experts say will exacerbate air pollution problems in the Pearl River Delta.

Yesterday's remarks by State Environmental Protection Administration deputy director Pan Yue follow mounting public concern over the project's impact.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Green watchdog fears storms backlash

A senior watchdog official has raised concerns over the environmental impact of recent severe snowstorms, including possible damage from the use of a snow-melting agent in Guangdong.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Green agency to score and rank listed companies

In an effort to rein in corporate polluters, the mainland's environmental protection agency disclosed yesterday it will subject listed companies to annual performance assessments, complete with a score and ranking system.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Publisher dismisses online plagiarism charges

The publisher for the chief of the mainland's top environmental watchdog has dismissed plagiarism allegations circulating on the internet against Zhou Shengxian , saying the accusations are politically motivated.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Polluter insurance scheme to hold firms accountable

The mainland's environmental watchdog will set up a liability insurance system in an attempt to hold industrial polluters accountable.

State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) deputy director Pan Yue said the 'green insurance' initiative was prompted by the grave threats pollution and worsening environmental degradation posed to the country.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Green move a step in the right direction

The enshrinement of the concept of 'scientific development' in the Communist Party's constitution might be expected to help level the playing field for the mainland's environmental watchdogs. But they revealed this week just how much official mindsets have to change before the goal of sustainable development is no longer an uphill battle.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Cadres face the sack if they miss green goals

Provincial governors and municipal leaders will be fired if they do not meet targets for energy saving and pollution reduction, the State Council said yesterday. The penalties take effect next year.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Pollution-cutting target in jeopardy, warns watchdog

The mainland continues to face a grim, uphill battle against environment deterioration despite improvements this year, according to a high-ranking official at the top environmental watchdog.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing acts to make green efforts a must for IPOs

Beijing plans to require listed companies to report efforts at environmental protection in a move to further tighten regulations on corporate polluters and foster conservation and green business practices, a State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) official said.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am