Keyword: Environment

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher at The Conference Board in Beijing, spoke to CDB on the sidelines of the 2020 CRO Global Summit in Shanghai, to share her views on how the plastic waste import ban and waste sorting rules may help China achieve their industry-upgrading ambitions, and how the recycling industry is adapting to the changes since the ban.

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

Zhang Hehe talks to CDB about how Gaia School, a social enterprise started by Beijing-based NGO Friends of Nature, successfully achieved self-sufficiency without straying from its mission.

Logo for the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference released

The logo for the 2020 United Nations Conference on biological diversity was officially released in Beijing on January 9th. The Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, themed “Ecological Civilization — Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”, will be held in 2020 in the southwestern city of Kunming. Li Ganjie, the Minister of the Ecology and Environment, and Ms. Elizabeth Morema, acting executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (hereinafter referred to as the Convention), were both present at the logo’s release. Li Ganjie pointed out that the logo, which is composed of different elements in the shape of a “water drop”, …read more

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

Chinese actor and singer Hu Ge (also known as Hugh Hu), famous for his roles in a number of popular historical TV dramas, recently publicised his environmental protection activities in the Tibetan plateau. Earlier this month, Hu gave a lecture at an event entitled “Role Models Around Us”, in which he introduced the work he has been doing with “Green River” (绿色江河), an NGO which aims to protect the environment of the Changjiang River (also known as the Yangtze River). An article published yesterday on the official WeChat account of Green River summarises his talk and recent activities with them. In June 2013, Hu Ge went to Sanjiangyuan (an area of the Tibetan plateau that is …read more

Roots & Shoots - the Seed of Hope Jane Goodall Planted for the World

Roots & Shoots – the Seed of Hope Jane Goodall Planted for the World

Jane Goodall’s recent visit created a social media wave in China, however her trip is only for the short term, the battle for the environment is not. CDB visited Roots & Shoots Beijing to take a closer look at how this organization of five carries on Jane Goodall’s mission in China, nurturing 20,000 young people every year to be compassionate change-makers and leaders for our future.

Calls for KFC to stop wasting plastic as Beijing prepares for new waste-sorting rules

Following in Shanghai’s footsteps, Beijing will also soon require residents to properly sort their trash or face fines. The 16th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 15th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress voted to adopt the decision to amend the “regulations on the administration of Beijing municipality’s solid waste” on November 27. The amendment will come into force on May 1, 2020. The new rules divide up garbage into four distinct categories: kitchen waste, recyclable waste, hazardous waste, and other waste. Individuals who violate the regulations risk fines of no less than 50 and no more than 200 yuan. It will also be forbidden to produce and sell ultra-thin plastic bags anywhere in …read more

The Chinese who celebrate Singles' Day without shopping

The Chinese who celebrate Singles’ Day without shopping

As consumers aahed and oohed over the record-breaking sales figure they have made together last week in the world’s largest online shopping event, a group of conscientious people decided to go other way around.

Taking Recycling One Step Further: China's Thriving Zero Waste Movement

Taking Recycling One Step Further: China’s Thriving Zero Waste Movement

Recycling is hot topic in Beijing right now, but a group of people has departed on a journey that goes beyond recycling – Zero Waste. CDB interviewed two Zero Waste advocates to share their views on the new waste-sorting rules in China and the challenges that their community is facing.

How a Beijing Community Uses Technology to Sort its Waste

How a Beijing Community Uses Technology to Sort its Waste

Beijing will soon enforce new waste-sorting rules, following on Shanghai’s heels. CDB went to see how one of the city’s communities uses technology to sort its waste.

Nature-based solutions: 5 important publications by IUCN

Nature-based solutions: 5 important publications by IUCN

As the leading organization of the research and promotion of NbS, IUCN has published many relevant reports and journals, providing researchers and policy makers their expert guidance and suggestions. In today’s article by IUCN China, they listed out 5 publications that you must not miss

Report shows effectiveness of Shanghai's waste-sorting after 100 days of implementation

Report shows effectiveness of Shanghai’s waste-sorting after 100 days of implementation

A recent inspection reveals that the implementation of the new rules has exceeded expectations

COFCO raises $2.1 billion in China's first sustainability loan

COFCO raises $2.1 billion in China’s first sustainability loan

On July 16 COFCO International, the overseas trading division of China’s biggest food company, announced that it has signed an agreement with a consortium of 20 banks to obtain a a three-year sustainable development loan of $2.1 billion. This ranks as the largest ever sustainable development loan in the commodity trading industry, and the first of its kind for a Mainland Chinese company. It is understood that the interest rate of the loan will be linked to the company’s sustainable development, defined as the environmental, social and corporate governance performance as assessed by Sustainalytics (a leading provider of ESG research). This mechanism will increase the traceability of agricultural products, with …read more

Can Shanghai become a model city for waste sorting?

Can Shanghai become a model city for waste sorting?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged and adapted translation of a piece by Guo Peiyuan (郭沛源), the Chairman of SynTao Green Finance and co-founder and General Manager of SynTao, published on SynTao’s WeChat account on the 1st of July 2019. You can read the original here.   After officially passing the “Shanghai Municipal Domestic Garbage Management Rules” on July 1st, Shanghai is now the first city in China to enforce waste sorting through legislation. There are many cities in the country that have already tried to popularize waste sorting, but in most cases it has simply been advocated on a voluntary basis, without any compulsory requirements, and the final results have been disappointing. What’s …read more

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin “functionally extinct”, provoking debate

The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), one of China’s most important environmental organizations, has recently kicked up a storm by announcing the “functional extinction” of the Chinese pangolin. At the recent forum of the C-SDG Global Sustainable Development Youth Leadership Program, held in Beijing on June 8, a young woman from the CBCGDF who works in pangolin conservation made the eye-catching claim. In her talk, the young woman said that the Chinese pangolin (one of eight species of pangolin worldwide) was once widespread in southern China, but its population in the wild has declined dramatically since the 1980s. Following field research and visits to traditional distribution areas, the …read more

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Editor’s Note The following is an abridged and adapted translation of an article produced by the SEE Foundation (阿拉善) and published by the China Social Enterprise and Social Investment Forum (秘书处所在地 社会企业与影响力投资论坛). It describes various social responsibility projects undertaken by steel manufacturing company Delong Holdings. The article focuses particularly on Delong’s industrial zone, in Xingtai, Hebei Province, which has now been turned into a tourist attraction with 215 Transformers statues made out of scrap steel.   Delong Steel is one of China’s top 500 manufacturers. It has factories in Xingtai, Baoding, and other cities which are all among the most polluted in the country. Attention tends to focus on the steel industry every …read more

Alibaba releases its corporate social responsibility report for 2019: the green economy takes the lead

June 5 is World Environment Day. This year, in order to mark the occasion, Alibaba and the United Nations Environment Programme started a series of online environmental protection activities on June 1, allowing the public to take part in over 80 kinds of environmental protection activities, such as planting non-commercial trees and recycling boxes, through Alibaba’s 20 apps. According to estimates, individual members of the public took part in these activities nearly 900 million times. As Alibaba’s recently released corporate social responsibility report for the fiscal year of 2019 shows, the Chinese tech giant is taking the lead in creating a sustainable green development mode in many areas, such as …read more

World Bicycle Day celebrated across China

June 3 was designated as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018, with the aim of celebrating and promoting bicycle use around the world. This resolution was the result of a petition by Montgomery College Professor Leszek Sibilski and his sociology students, who started a grassroots campaign to promote World Bicycle Day, eventually gaining supports from 57 nations. The goal is to raise public awareness on emission reduction, and also encourage a healthy lifestyle. This year many Chinese cities have actively participated in celebrating the second World Bicycle Day, with various activities held all over the country over the weekend. In Chengdu, the People’s Government …read more

Highlights from the 2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report

The ”2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report” was officially released by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on May 29. Following are some important findings and highlights from the report. The report shows a general improvement in ocean health in most categories, including the overall national ocean ecosystem. However, the water quality of river water flowing into the ocean is “not optimal” and coastal areas remain severely polluted. Overall marine water quality has improved since 2017. The total area of “low level four” quality ocean water, the most polluted category, has decreased by 450 square kilometres. Ocean water rated “good quality” has increased to 6.7% of the total ocean …read more