Are you familiar with the most important environment-related laws, regulations and plans in China?
There is a lot of different news circulating in the popular press about potential changes to the way that the environment in China will be governed.
In order to understand what is genuine and what is taken out of context, a useful tip is to check with official announcement made by the Chinese Government. New laws, regulations and plans, will often first be published on official governmental websites or governmental media outlets such as:
- The State Council’s official website
- China Central Television (CCTV), the predominant state television broadcaster in China.
- Xinhuanet, Xinhua News Agency’s English version, which is the Chinese Government’s official press agency
- The People’s daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party
Key environmental laws, regulations and plans
Below you can find links to some of the key laws, regulations and plans that have been issued to protect the environment. Consulting these could be a useful starting point to understand how the environment is regulated in China:
- China’s revised Environmental Protection Law *(China dialogue, 2014 )
- China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change
- China’s Energy Policy
- Action for Water Pollution Prevention and Control 2015
- The Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Action 2015 *(Danish Soil Partnership, 2016)
- The Plan for the Development of the National Standardization System Construction *(Seconded European Standardization Expert in China Project, 2016)
- China’s Law on Renewable Energy
- China’s five year plan to cut emissions
- Water Policies and Regulations *(China Water Risk, 2017)
- The 13th Five-Year Plan for National Eco-environmental Conservation
*NB, please pay attention to that some of the links are press-releases mentioning the issuing of the new law/regulation/plan or could be an unofficial translation/interpretation of a law/regulation/plan (these are marked with a *).