Let’s visit Beijing’s first eco-community!
Recently many people have been posting articles about the most environmentally friendly village in Japan, Kamikatsu, saying wouldn’t it be good if there was something like this in China? Did you know that there is also an environmentally friendly village in Beijing? It’s Changping’s Xinzhuang Village (辛庄村). In this village, not only do they practice clean environmental protection and no littering, there is also a vegetarian restaurant and every first Saturday of the month there is an environmental market! Join us and experience the village with us! Guests are welcomed to the village to the sound of the African drum music which accompanies you around the market. Even though the market …read more
Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered
The Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs presented two Japanese NGOs, the Ethics Research Institute and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International (一般社团法人伦理研究所 and 公益财团法人奥伊斯嘉), with their registration certificates. The director of the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs and the director of the State Administration of Forestry of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region were both present and took part in the discussions. The director of the Administrative Office congratulated the two NGOs and expressed that the Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs would continue to offer their support and maintain good relations with foreign NGOs working in civil society in Inner Mongolia. He expressed his hope that …read more
Shanghai trials plan for environmentally-friendly food deliveries
According to a Caixin report, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision issued a standard on April 27 requiring food delivery companies to use environmentally friendly laminated paper bowls, rather than plastic containers that degrade with difficulty. In addition, the delivery bags will also have to change: the standard provides three options for the food delivery companies to replace the traditional plastic bags, including paper bags, biodegradable bags and textile bags. The new standard was jointly drafted by the Shanghai Association of Food Contact Materials and major food delivery companies, including Meituan, Ele.me and Baidu Waimai. It was revised five times before being passed. After it is implemented, the …read more
Environmental Protection in China: an Interview with Bob Moseley
Bob Moseley, director of the Asia-Pacific Cities Program at The Nature Conservancy, talks to CDB in this exclusive interview.
China notifies the WTO that it won’t import any more waste
China officially notified the WTO on July 18th that by the end of the year it will enact a ban on the import of certain kinds of waste. As the text of China’s WTO filing reads, “China will forbid the import of 4 classes, 24 kinds of solid wastes, including plastics waste from living sources, vanadium slag, unsorted waste paper and waste textile materials. (…) To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently adjust the imported solid wastes list, and forbid the import of solid wastes that are highly polluted.” China is a major importer of waste, accounting for 56% of world imports last year. Apart from Hong Kong, Japan and …read more
Qinghai province uses only renewable energy for a whole week
It has been reported that Qinghai, China’s fourth largest province, has gone for one week using only renewable sources of energy, including wind, solar and hydro power. According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, during the seven days from June 17 to 23, the province consumed 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of energy, which is equivalent to burning 535,000 tons of coal. Qinghai, which lies mostly on the Tibetan plateau, is an enormous but sparsely populated region. By May this year, renewable energy already provided 82.8% of power for the province’s 5.8 million people. Han Ti, vice-general manager of the provincial grid company, stated that “clean energy is the ultimate way. We …read more
Chinese environmental NGOs write open letter to WWF
Editor’s Note: This is CDB’s translation of an open letter that was jointly signed by a number of Chinese environmental protection organizations, and addressed to the leaders of the World Wildlife Fund’s China office. The letter is critical of the recently announced cooperation project between WWF and Jingdong, one of China’s largest E-commerce companies, in view of the company’s trade in endangered fish. Dear Executive Director of WWF in China Mr. Wang Shi and Secretary General Mr. Lu Sicheng, We belong to several domestic environmental protection organizations. On June 8th, we observed that the Jingdong Group had formed a strategic partnership with WWF — together the two parties …read more
Jingdong partners with WWF to work on sustainable development
It was reported last week that Jingdong and WWF have announced a strategic partnership — together they will work on material recycling, carbon reduction, sustainable supply chains, green logistics and other relevant fields — to globally promote the concepts and actions of sustainable development and lifestyles in production, circulation and consumption. Jingdong is a Chinese E-commerce company and one of the two biggest B2C online retailers in China, which in a country addicted to online shopping has allowed it to enter the Fortune Global 500. From left to right: Lu Sicheng (Secretary general of WWF in China), Wang Shi (Executive director of WWF in China), Liu Qiangdong (CEO of Jingdong …read more