Keyword: Environment

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

Points of No Return - an Interview with Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace

Points of No Return – an Interview with Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace

In this wide-ranging interview with CDB, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace Jennifer Morgan discusses her organization’s strategies in China and worldwide, the importance of fighting climate change and preserving biodiversity and the fallout from the Paris agreement.

17th “Case Forum” discusses Chinese and international environmental lawsuits

The Supreme People’s Court Judicial Case Research Institute, the Environmental Resources Trial Chamber and the international NGO ClientEarth jointly held the the 17th “Case Forum” at the National Judges College on the 20th of May. The purpose of the forum was to discuss exemplary legal cases from China and abroad concerning environmental resources. The Supreme People’s Court Party Group Deputy Secretary and Director of the Court Jiang Bixin gave an address at the forum, and Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, delivered a message via video. Jiang commented in his address on the importance of international cooperation and learning from …read more

China's major express delivery companies publish “green paper” to reduce environmental impact

China’s major express delivery companies publish “green paper” to reduce environmental impact

On the 6th of March, China’s major delivery service companies and the China Environmental Protection Foundation took the lead in launching the “multi-party co-governance and greener express delivery” (多方共治、快递更绿) initiative, calling on the whole of society to join in on green action, “letting every package be green like the spring breeze.” In China, around 3 million express delivery drivers take to the roads every day, delivering more than 150 million parcels. Making express delivery services more green is a matter that relates both to the upstream merchants and to the downstream consumers. The initiative appeals to the whole of society, calling for collaborative innovation in production, education and research; making environmentally-friendly packaging materials …read more

Final decision taken on the “Changzhou poisonous land” environmental litigation case

The Jiangsu High People’s Court made a final decision on the “Changzhou poisonous land case” on December 27th, waiving the “sky-high” legal expenses imposed on the two NGOs by the first ruling, and ordering the three companies to publicly apologise for polluting the land. The “Changzhou poisonous land case” was brought to court in April 2016 by the Friends of Nature Environmental Institute of Chaoyang District, Beijing (known as “Friends of Nature”) and the China Biodiversity Protection and Green Development Foundation (known as the “Green Development Foundation”) against three chemical manufacturers in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, responsible for contaminating land and causing sickness among local residents. In January 2017, the intermediate …read more

The Friends of Spirit Community: reviving China’s disappearing villages

It is well-known that many villages and old buildings in China are disappearing due to the advance of urbanization. From 2000 until 2010, the number of so-called “natural villages” (villages that grew spontaneously and are not administrative divisions) in China’s rural areas dropped from 3.6 million to 2.7 million. The efforts of one young man to save and revive some of China’s traditional villages have now gained some attention from the Chinese media. Born and raised in a Sichuan village, Tang Ming has a strong sense of mission and nostalgia toward villages in China. After studying in Peking University under Professor Yu Kongjian, known as the Father of Landscape Architecture, he worked …read more

Alipay integrated into national tree-planting scheme

Alipay integrated into national tree-planting scheme

The National Green Committee Office, the China Green Foundation and Ant Forest (an application produced by Alipay) signed a strategic cooperation agreement on the “Internet and comprehensive voluntary tree-planting” (互联网+全面义务植树) with the National Forestry and Grasslands Administration on October 23. Starting from the end of November, the planting certificates of Ant Forest will interconnect with the certificates of voluntary tree-planting issued by this government body, which means that Ant Forest will be embedded in the system of national voluntary tree-planting, and will become an accepted and cooperative project of the national ministry. Every time Alipay records its users walking, taking public transportation and paying the gas and electricity fees online, …read more

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association (SGR) is the first environmental NGO in Qinghai province. It registered in Yushu (Qinghai) in 2001, and became a provincial environmental NGO in 2008. This year the Sanjiangyuan National Park officially became its professional supervisory unit. The Sanjiangyuan (literally “source of three rivers”) is the area of the Tibetan plateau where the sources of Asia’s three great rivers, the Yangtze, the Yellow river and the Mekong are located. The SGR mainly focuses on water source protection, zero waste and rural construction, and promotes a mode of natural resource management and protection mainly based on communities. Over the past eighteen years, the SGR has cultivated 75 …read more

Report on the state of environmental protection in China

A recent report by the Chinese branch of Ford Better World analyses the situation regarding environmental protection and nature reserves in China and worldwide. The report stresses that according to WWF’s living planet index (LPI), the global wildlife population will decrease 67% by 2020 compared with 1970, meaning that the overall situation for environmental protection can hardly be seen as optimistic. With intensified environmental degradation, continued climate change and the increased risk of species extinction, new efforts are required all over the world. A key nation in environmental protection, China has 2750 nature reserves (including 474 national nature reserves), which take up 14.8% of the national territory. Currently, nature reserves of various types …read more

2018 Global Climate Action Summit: China pavilion under the spotlight

2018 Global Climate Action Summit: China pavilion under the spotlight

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit was held in San Francisco on September 13. Hosted by the state government of California, the summit lasted for three days. The event included a China pavilion covering multiple areas, including local actions, carbon markets, climate investment and finance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, zero-emission vehicles and the business climate. On September 12 a “Global action on climate change” proposal was officially launched in the China pavilion. The proposal was jointly sponsored by ten Chinese charities, foundations and research centres, including the SEE Foundation, the Lao Niu Foundation, the Yan Bao Charity Foundation, the Qiaonyu Foundation, the Vanke Foundation, the Institute of Science …read more

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

This year’s edition of the MTA (Music, Technology and Art) Festival, held in May in Hebei province, can lay claim to be the greenest music festival ever to have taken place in China. Thanks to the efforts of one Chinese environmentalist, not only did the festival draw inspiration from Japan’s Fuji Music Festival, often called the “cleanest music festival in the world”, but it also made a few new advancements of its own.   Every May, for the past three years the MTA festival, which showcases a fusion of music, technological experiences, multimedia art performances and art installations, has been held in the Huailai Scenic Area in Hebei Province. On …read more