Climate Change

China’s nuclear power installed capacity to reach 88 GW by 2020

April 20th, 2014 | Xinhua

China’s nuclear power installed capacity, including that in operation and under construction, is predicted to top 88gigawatts by 2020, said Zhang Huazhu, head of the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA), a national industry organization. Nuclear power will play a bigger role in improving the country’s energy structure, coping with climate change and controlling air pollution, he said earlier this week at an industry event. China generated about 51.3 billion kwh [...]

Factory moved to help cut Beijing pollution

April 17th, 2014 | Xinhua

A state-owned pharmaceutical factory on Wednesday was relocated from Beijing to a neighboring province, a move that follows the central government’s regional coordinated development drive. Lingyun, a sodium bicarbonate producer in Beijing’s Fengtai District, was relocated to Handan City in Hebei Province together with its 100-plus workers. Established in 1991, Lingyun is a subsidiary company of the Xinxing Cathay International Group, a Fortune 500 company. Aging equipment and high pollution [...]

Beijing gets tough on big polluters

April 02nd, 2014 | China Daily

Beijing is imposing harsh fines against polluting enterprises in an attempt to cut down on the region’s notorious smog. Beijing’s environmental watchdog said it levied fines of 7.09 million yuan ($1.14 million) on owners of 266 coal-fired boilers from November to March. That is more than double the figure from the previous season, when regulators fined 127 companies a total of 3.01 million yuan. Most of the companies were fined [...]

State Grid Invites Private Investors to Build Charging Stations for E-Cars

March 14th, 2014 | Caixin

Head of electricity distributor says move follows government call to let market play more active role in allocating resources One of the country’s electricity distribution majors says it will invite private investors to build charging stations for electric vehicles. Liu Zhengya, chairman of State Grid Corp., the larger half of the country’s power transmission duopoly, said it will open the building of a range of charging and battery swap facilities [...]

Electric Car Jolts Market

March 10th, 2014 | Beijing Review

China’s new energy vehicle industry is poised to harness greater opportunities for growth On February 26, Beijing announced the first license-plate lottery results for 2014. On the same day, the municipal government also released the list of new-energy car models subject to consumer subsidy. BYD’s all-electric E6 model and BAIC Motor’s E150EV have become the first two models on the list. That day, 1,428 applicants were picked as eligible to [...]

China’s smog suspended, not terminated

February 28th, 2014 | Xinhua

Drizzle and wind finally provided a breath of fresh air for Beijingers on Thursday after a week of heavy smog shrouded the city. Beijing removed its orange alert for heavy air pollution at midnight on Wednesday. A strong cold front that reached the capital on Wednesday night meant the air quality on Thursday was “good”, according to Beijing environmental protection center. The air quality index at monitoring stations in downtown [...]

Beijing to light up 1,000 car charging posts

February 26th, 2014 | China Daily

Beijing plans to complete the construction of 1,000 public fast-charging electric car pole in 2014, covering downtown and near suburb. Locations for 100 public fast-charging points have been confirmed. Municipal Commission of Development and Reform official of Beijing said Tuesday that new energy passenger car charging devices are categorized in two types – individual use for private and business purpose, and public use, Beijing will release details soon to further [...]

Smog to loom large over two sessions

February 25th, 2014 | China Daily

Environmental issues, especially the nation’s problems with smog, will be a major focus at the upcoming plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, according to officials who are busy preparing legislative proposals for the annual meetings. “I am working on economic and technical proposals that will implement the clean burning of coal, which will help solve our smog problem,” [...]

China’s forest areas cover 21.63 pct of land

February 25th, 2014 | Xinhua

China’s forest areas covered 21.63 percent of the country’s land as of the end of 2013, a rise of 1.27 percentage points compared to five years ago, a State Forestry Administration (SFA) survey showed. Total forest areas grew to 208 million hectares by the end of 2013, up from 195 million ha five years ago. Growing stock per hectare increased by 3.91 cubic meters to 89.79 cubic meters over the [...]

Heavy smog to linger as plan enacted in vain

February 24th, 2014 | Global Times

Persistent smoggy weather that covered about 15 percent of the country has triggered wide concerns over the efficiency of the government’s emergency response plan for air pollution. Heavy smog blanketed Beijing and Tianjin municipalities, as well as parts of Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces before the weekend. It is expected to linger until Thursday, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Sunday. The Ministry of Environmental Protection has sent [...]