Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China

China environment ministry accused of passing buck on project approvals

Pan Yue, Deputy minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Photo: Reuters

The environment ministry is planning to hand many of its approval powers over industrial projects to local governments, a move it says is aimed at reducing regulatory interference.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 7:52am 1 comment

Proposing barbecue ban to ease smog is at least an admission of problem

Draft proposals for improving air quality are critised for enforcing environmentally correct behaviour by ordinary citizens, as opposed to state-owned and private industrial enterprises. Photo: Reuters

Draft proposals for improving air quality submitted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection for public feedback are timely, given the smog that has blighted large parts of the mainland recently. But timing has not been matched by execution, with the feedback from internet users pouring scorn on a plan to enforce environmentally correct behaviour by ordinary citizens, as opposed to state-owned and private industrial enterprises. 

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Polluters given deadline to clean up emissions

Cement plants are among the polluting industries that will have to meet Beijing's emission limits to gain environmental approval. Photo: AP

From March 1, new coal-fired power plants and steel mills will have to meet "special limits" on emissions to gain approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the ministry's China Environment News said in an online report. It did not give details.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Monitoring to force China to come clean on air pollution

More data will be available on air quality in cities. Photo: AP

Environmental experts say real-time air quality updates mandated to start in 74 mainland cities on New Year's Day will leave local officials less room to manipulate data and hide the country's worsening pollution problem.

30 Dec 2012 - 2:50pm

Crackdown on cities with major lead pollution

The mainland's top environmental watchdog has stepped up its crackdown on lead pollution after a spate of poisonings, saying it will stop approval of environmental assessment studies in cities with major pollution problems.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Slowdown makes it more difficult to hit green targets

President Hu Jintao's warning that many local authorities had failed to follow the sustainable growth philosophy and sacrificed the environment for short-term economic gains comes at a critical moment for the mainland.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Bosses may be fined for water pollution

Draft suggests docking salaries of offenders

The heads of Chinese companies that pollute waterways could be docked half their annual salary in a draft legislation that marks the first time individuals could face punishment for damaging the environment.

27 Feb 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

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

President warns rich provinces to think green

President and Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao yesterday hammered home his outlook for the country's economic growth in the next five years with a warning to rich provinces not to sacrifice the environment and natural resources for development.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Jinsha diversion plan unfinished

A controversial plan to divert water from the Jinsha River to the arid centre of Yunnan has yet to be finalised and submitted to Beijing for approval, an official at the State Environmental Protection Administration says.

17 Sep 2007 - 12:00am