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.
At 8.30pm on 27 March 2010, cities, towns and municipalities across the world will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – sending a powerful global message that it’s possible to take action on global warming. NEEC supports the initiative, and encourage our members to take part in the symbolic action.
(Bloomberg) China’s control over the prices of power from wind is dictating the supply of tradable emission credits in the UN carbon market, the world’s second biggest, according to a report from Stanford University. The board overseeing the United Nations carbon market is forced to rely on data from China to judge when windfarms qualify for emissions credits, said Richard Morse, a Stanford University research associate and co-author of the report. To be eligible for UN credits, projects must show they aren’t economically viable without such assistance. The rules are designed to weed out projects that don’t add to overall emission reduction. Questions in China and India, where governments set prices and data can’t be independently verified, threaten investments in sustainable energy, Morse said.
China and Norway linked up for a seminar on environmental protection on March 8, which is the kick-off of the Sino-Norwegian Project on Competence Building (CBP) on Environmental Management. This project will be implemented by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) under the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. The project aims to continue cooperation on five projects: pollution control, co-processing of hazardous waste in cement kilns, biodiversity, water management, and mercury management.
Innovation Norway is operating the Norwegian Energy and Environment Consortium (NEEC) on behalf of its members. Innovation Norway is searching for service providers for a four year framework agreement on management of the www.NEEC.no website. This includes content management, technical support and programming, in close cooperation with Innovation Norway. The deadline for delivering a tender application is set to the 7th of April 2010.
Chinese political advisors are calling for imposing a carbon tax on energy-intensive and high-emission businesses and promoting low-carbon awareness campaigns among the general public amid efforts to combat global climate change. "That will help reduce carbon emissions, eliminate low-efficiency and backward technologies, encourage the development of clean energy and low-carbon industries, and promote sustainable development", said Jia Kang, director of the Research Institute of Fiscal Science with the Finance Ministry Tuesday.
The power plant, with an overall capacity of 102,000 kilowatts, costed 2.365 billion yuan (346.47 million U.S. dollars). All the windmills are expected to be connected to the grid by the middle of this year, said Lu Zhongmin, chief engineer of Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute,designer of the plant.
China recently released some findings from its survey of air and water pollution sources. The most striking fact was the significant impact of agricultural non-point sources on water pollution levels. Air and water (at least surface water) pollution which are easily observed generate more attention than pollution of the soil, yet once you stop the sources of air and surface water pollution, those resources return to pre-pollution states fairly quickly. The same can not be said for soil and sediment contamination.
China will have made great achievements in energy saving and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by the end of 11th Five-Year plan (2005-2010), Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said today. Xie said, "By the end of 2009, the fourth year of 11th Five-Year plan, energy consumption per unit of GDP had decreased 14.38 percent. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, which are major measures of water and air pollution, decreased 9.66 percent and 13.14 percent respectively".