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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

Environmental law runs into stubborn opposition

A draft law aimed at expanding the power of China's top environmental watchdog and introducing an impact assessment system has met strong opposition from officials across the mainland.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Plan for cleaner air during Olympics extends to Shandong

Beijing has adopted another drastic step to reverse its losing battle against the capital's notorious air pollution amid growing concern over the government's ability to honour its green Olympics commitments.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Green GDP plan stays on back-burner

Beijing has no plans to resume a stalled attempt to calculate the devastating ecological cost of the country's sizzling economic growth, despite President Hu Jintao lavishing attention yesterday on the need for more balanced and environmentally friendly development.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing drafting new laws to create greener business environment

The central government is planning to finish drafting new rules and laws needed to create a more environmentally friendly business environment within the next four years, according to the deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa).

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Industrial parks ignore rules

Industrial parks are defying central government orders to rein in pollution with nearly 90 per cent of the zones found flouting environmental regulations, yet another sign that ecological concerns are not filtering through to local authorities.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am