The Ministry of Finance announced a trial plan in five cities to pay an EV and hybrid subsidy up to 60,000 yuan ($8,784) directly to the carmakers. Private buyers of the EVs will get a smaller 3,000 yuan ($440) payment from dealers, the ministry said on its website, according to commentators, paying most of the money behind the scenes to manufacturers is aimed to make the subsidies more politically palatable.
26 May 2010: The Chinese company, Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Group Co., Ltd, has opted for Arkema’s PVC production processes for its new plants to be located in Xining City, People’s Republic of China. As part of the cooperation agreement reached in November 2008 with Arkema, Aker Solutions will prepare the basic engineering for a 230 000 ton (kT) PVC Suspension production plant and a 35 kT PVC Emulsion plant.
Companies from China and Finland signed twelve deals on clean technology with a total contract value of around 250 million U.S. dollars on Wednesday. "The immediate value of all the contracts and agreements is about 200 million euros (about 245.76 million U.S. dollars), and their potential exceeds 1.5 billion euros (about 1.84 billion dollars)," Leif Fagernas, director general of the Confederation of Finnish Industries, said at the Cleantech Finland China Seminar in Beijing. Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Finnish President Tarja Halonen attend a signing ceremony after the opening ceremony of Cleantech Finland China Seminar in Beijing, capital of China, on May 26, 2010.
Environmental ministers from Japan, South Korea and China met Sunday in Tomakomai City of Hokkaido, Japan to further cooperation in dealing with environmental challenges including climate change and cross-border pollution. During the two-day meeting, the ministers held bilateral and trilateral meetings to stress the importance of regional cooperation amid growing environment concerns facing the region and the world. Areas the countries aim to work together on include dust and sandstorms, transboundary movement of e-waste, management of chemicals, among others.
The cutting-edge technology used to make drinkable tap water in the Expo Garden is expected to be put into wider use in China after the Expo. The country’s first large-scale drinkable tap water facilities are at the Expo, with a total of 158 fountains installed around the Expo Garden to quench thirsty visitors. The water in the Expo Garden comes from the city’s three water plants – Linjiang, Yangsi and Nanshi – and is processed by active carbon-ozone technology before flowing into the garden.
Songa Offshore is pleased to announce that a firm drilling contract has been agreed and signed with Eni China B.V. for their use of Songa Mercur for the upcoming drilling campaign offshore China. The program consists of one firm well plus two optional wells. The firm part of the contract has an estimated duration of 44 days with aggregate revenue of approximately USD 12 million plus a contractual demobilization to Singapore.
The Lufeng Jiahuwan Wind Power Project, which is to be constructed in Lufeng, Guangdong province, is expected to be the largest offshore wind power facility in China. Involving a total investment of CNY20 billion, the project is being constructed by Baoxin Energy with an installation capacity of 125 megawatts and, upon completion, it is expected to serve as a demonstration base for China’s offshore wind power projects.
In accordance with the plans of the National Development and Reform Commission, and the National Energy Administration, Turpan, a small Silk Road town in northwest China that became prosperous as a trade hub nearly 2,000 years ago will build an 8.8-square-km area into a national model for green city development. The new low-carbon city depends not on fossil fuels but solar and wind energy for lighting and hot water supply. It also uses geothermal resources for winter heating and summer cooling, as well as employing electric buses and taxis with zero pollutant for public transport.
The low-carbon concept prevails in the Shanghai World Expo. Facade design of pavilions in the World Expo Park presents characteristic low-carbon details in accordance with materials, functions and cultural backgrounds. Advanced scientific technology achievements, especially the recognition and efforts to realize the very issue of environmental protection, are utilized for the low-carbon facade designs. Click on link to access more information about Shanghai and the Shanghai World Expo.