A Summary of Environmental Policies Issued in September

Treatment of Solid Wastes

NDRC&MEE | Action Plan on Plastic Pollution Control during the 14th Five-Year Plan Period

In terms of recycling and disposal, cities at the prefectural level and above have established systems for sorting, collecting, transporting, and treating household garbage according to the local conditions, and the efficiency of collecting and transporting plastic waste has been greatly improved. The incineration and treatment capacity of urban household waste has reached about 800,000 tons per day, and the amount of plastic waste directly buried in landfills has significantly decreased. The recovery rate of the agricultural film reached 85%, and the residual amount of mulching film in China achieved zero growth. In terms of garbage disposal, the old-time problem of plastic waste left in the open air in key water areas, key tourist attractions, and rural areas has been solved. The plastic waste going to the natural environment has been effectively controlled.

MEE | Notice on Strengthening the identification of Hazardous Waste

To implement the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste”, strengthen the hazardous Waste identification, and standardize the management of hazardous waste identification units, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued “the Notice on Strengthening the Identification of Hazardous Waste.”

MEE | Work Plan of National Standardized Environmental Management and Assessment of Hazardous Waste during the 14th Five-Year Plan period

For carrying out “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste” and other laws and regulations, following the requirement of the “ Reformed Implementation Plan of  Strengthening Regulation and Use of Hazardous Waste Disposal Ability, “The Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the “Work Plan of National Standardized Environmental Management and Assessment of Hazardous Waste during the 14th Five-Year Plan period.”

MEE | Guidance on Environmental Management and Pollution Prevention and Control for Disposal of Nine Types of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products such as Range Hoods

To implement the Regulations on The Management of Recycling and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products, standardize and give guidance to the dismantling and treatment of nine types of waste electrical and electronic products, including range hoods, electric water heaters, gas water heaters, printers, copiers, fax machines, monitors, mobile phones and telephone machines, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment formulated the “Guidance on Environmental Management and Pollution Prevention and Control for Disposal of Nine Types of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products such as Range Hoods.”

Effort Against Air Pollution

“The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer” will take effect in China on September 15, 2021. From the date of entry into force, China is required to comply with the regulatory requirements of the Kigali Amendment on the control of emissions of HFC-23 as a by-product. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the LIST for the Destruction of HFC-23 Technologies approved by the Conference of the Parties to the “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer”, requiring ecological and environmental authorities at all levels to actively urge and assist enterprises in implementing regulations and managing HFC-23 emissions.

Environmental management

10 Departments including NDRC | Notice on Printing and Distributing Guidelines for the Standardized and Healthy Development of Characteristic Towns in China

Ten departments including the National Development and Reform Commission jointly issued “Notice on Printing and Distributing Guidelines for the Standardized and Healthy Development of Characteristic Towns in China, “in order to strengthen the guidance, standardized management, positively constraint on the development of characteristic towns, and in combination with the exploration of relevant departments in various regions.

Notice on Promoting the Work related to Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality in National Eco-Industrial Demonstration Parks

The construction leading group office of the National eco-industrial demonstration park issued the “Notice on Promoting the Work related to Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality in National Eco-Industrial Demonstration Parks,” In order to actively respond to climate change and promote the realization of carbon neutrality, as well as grasping the basic situation and carry out the investigation and inspection of the current carbon emission of the National Eco-Industrial Demonstration Parks.

MEE | Technical Guidelines for Planning Environmental Impact Assessment of the Industrial Parks

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment released national ecological environmental standards “the Technical Guidelines for Planning Environmental Impact Assessment of the Industrial Parks “, which will be effective after December 1, 2021.

NDRC | The Plan to Improve the Dual Control of Energy Consumption Intensity and volume

Controlling both intensity and the volume of the total energy consumption is an important arrangement for meeting the requirements of ecological progress, promoting energy conservation and energy consumption reduction, and promoting high-quality development. To further improve the dual control of energy consumption, the National Development and Reform Commission issued The Plan to Improve the Dual Control of Energy Consumption Intensity and volume.

List of Enterprises meeting the Requirements of Environmental Protection Equipment Manufacturing Standards in 2021

The Department of Energy Conservation and Comprehensive Utilization of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the “List of Enterprises meeting the Requirements of Environmental Protection Equipment Manufacturing Standards in 2021.”

The General Offices of the CPC Central Committee and The State Council | Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Ecological Protection Compensation System

As an important part of the ecological civilization system, the ecological protection compensation system is an important means to fulfill the rights and responsibilities of ecological protection, mobilize the enthusiasm of all parties to participate in ecological protection, and promote the construction of ecological civilization.

The General Offices of the CPC Central Committee and The State Council have issued “Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Ecological Protection Compensation System” to thoroughly implement Xi Jinping thought on ecological civilization, further deepen the reform of the ecological protection compensation system, and accelerate the construction of the ecological civilization system.

The Ministry of Water Resources | Guiding Opinions on Promoting high-quality Development of Soil and Water Conservation in the Yellow River Basin

The Ministry of Water Resources issued the “Guiding Opinions on Promoting High-quality Development of Water and Soil Conservation in the Yellow River Basin”, in order to thoroughly implement the strategy of ecological protection and high-quality development in the Yellow River Basin and promote high-quality development of water and soil conservation in the Yellow River Basin.

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