Beijing plans to involve 300 community rubbish recycling stations in a "Renewable Resource Recycling Day" this year, to encourage people to recycle rubbish near their homes. "In the previous seven 3R Day’s, the recycling stations collected around 400 tons of renewable resources," said Li Weiwei, vice-director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce. In 2009, Beijing recycled around four million tons of renewable resources, a 4 percent increase on 2008.
Chinese companies were behind the development of the low carbon economy, said a senior official of the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) at its annual meeting held in Beijing Tuesday. Wang Jiming, executive president of the CBCSD, said that Chinese companies wanted to know "how to reduce carbon emissions in practice." That was why the CBCSD was creating carbon dioxide emissions standards for the different industries.
General Electric (GE) gives Norway a pivotal role in their strategy for offshore wind. The American company wants to create a new Offshore Technology Development Center in Oslo in addition to expanding its production of turbine demonstration units in Verdal. -GE’s announcement is very good news for Norway. GE’s decision illustrates that we are an attractive country for investments with world-class offshore competence. I am pleased that Norway is a country where the industry and authorities can work together in developing the Norwegian wind industry, says the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen.
As part of an increased focus on developing offshore wind in China, a high-ranking delegation from China visited Norway 12th to 16th of March to explore the potential for industrial collaboration between Norwegian and Chinese companies. The visit coincided with a seminar in Bergen on offshore wind on March 15th and 16th jointly organised by the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou, WWF and Innovation Norway in Beijing and Bergen.
China has opened the door to domestic wind power companies to begin developing the country’s offshore resources – but has effectively shut it on international operators – with the release of regulations governing approval and ownership of offshore wind projects. There has been relatively little international participation in the onshore wind sector due to policy barriers such as low tariff levels and a regulation requiring majority Chinese ownership to qualify for revenue from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Consequently, the majority of China’s 25 GW of installed onshore capacity has been developed by the ‘big five’ state-owned utilities.
The country’s first pilot offshore wind farm was constructed in 2008. The Shanghai East Sea Bridge Offshore Wind Farm has a total installed capacity of 100MW, comprising 34 sets of 3MW turbines from Sinovel, the country’s largest wind turbine producer. It will go into operation before the inauguration of the World Expo Shanghai, which is scheduled for May 1, 2010.
A Chinese political advisor on Thursday urged more use of recycled water, in a bid to relieve water shortages that plague many cities of the country. Hong Meixiang, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said recycled water, which is viewed as the second most important water source for cities, only takes up less than 10 percent of the nation’s water consumption. Hong advocated the legislation for the use of recycled water, which should require the use of recycled water and ban the use of tap water for irrigating gardens, auto cleaning and industrial production.
On the 30th of March, the Sino-Norwegian Trade and Investment Seminar, jointly organised by The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Norway, Innovation Norway, The China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) and NHO will be held in NHO’s head office in Oslo. The seminar will provide the participants with key updates on China’s economic situation and policies. Participants will have the opportunity to meet high level representatives and business leaders from China.