Climate Change

Beijing will require use of low-sulfur coal

July 13th, 2014 | China Daily

Beijing will enforce the required use of low-sulfur coal from Aug 1 to tackle the air pollution that frequently clogs the skies of the country’s major cities, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. Beijing will implement strict controls and targets for airborne sulfur from coal, Xinhua said, citing the Beijing municipal administration of quality and technology supervision. This is the first time China has enforced the use of […]

Govt organs in China to buy more new energy vehicles

July 13th, 2014 | Xinhua

China unveiled a plan on Sunday encouraging government organs to buy more new energy vehicles, which has been hailed as a move to fight pollution and drive the growing new energy car market. From 2014 to 2016, new energy vehicles will account for no less than 30 percent of newly purchased cars in state organs every year, according to the plan jointly released by the National Government Offices Administration (NGOA), […]

Pollution giving city the summertime blues

July 12th, 2014 | Shanghai Daily

JULY in Shanghai is supposed to bring sunshine, blue skies and gentle breezes — so why have city residents been peering through a haze of pollution in recent days? The city air quality watchdog says a “perfect storm” of meteorological conditions has created unseasonal pollution levels when the end of the plum rain season at the beginning of the week should have heralded clearer days. A combination of high temperatures, […]

CGN invests 6 bln USD on nuclear power in Guizhou

July 11th, 2014 | Xinhua

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has agreed to invest 38 billion yuan (6.1 billion US dollars) in two nuclear power plants in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. China’s largest nuclear power operator will spend 35 billion yuan before 2020 on two 1.25 gigawatt generating units for a nuclear plant in the city of Tongren, and 3 billion yuan on a smaller plant with two 100 megawatt units. The company also […]

Tax break for alternative-fuel cars

July 11th, 2014 | China Daily

The government’s latest policy to support alternative-fuel vehicles – a waiver of the 10 percent purchase tax – will do much to accelerate individual adoption of those cars, said analysts. They also said that a rapid buildout of public and private charging facilities is key to the future of new-energy vehicles in China. The State Council on Wednesday announced that all alternative-fuel vehicles, whether local or imported, will be exempted […]

Tesla accused of discriminating consumers outside Beijing, Shanghai

July 09th, 2014 |

Yu took a wrench and smashed the front windshield of the vehicle.Yu took a wrench and smashed the front windshield of the vehicle. US electric car maker Tesla has been accused of discriminating against Chinese customers who don’t live in Beijing or Shanghai, as those customers’ orders have been repeatedly delayed, the China Economic Weekly has said. Yu Xinquan, an e-commerce entrepreneur from the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, […]

Capital hastens effort to cut PM2.5 pollution

July 08th, 2014 | China Daily

The Chinese capital is attempting to speed up the reduction of fine-particulate pollutants, with the aim of reaching the internationally recognized safe level, as it bids to be host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities have said. Despite challenges, Beijing will make all efforts to reduce its concentration of PM2.5, which is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller, said Pan Tao, head of the Beijing Research […]

JV in Beijing to pay maximum fine for polluting air

July 08th, 2014 | China Daily

The Beijing Environment Protection Bureau ordered a company in the Chinese capital to pay the maximum fine for polluting the air, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday. The bureau conducted an inspection on June 3 and found that Babcock & Wilcox Beijing Company Ltd was ignoring an order to stop painting utility boilers in the open air – without any protective measures for reducing air pollution. The Sino-US joint venture […]