China continues to enhance its regulatory framework in waste management

Dec 30, 2019

In June, an amendment to the Law on Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste was submitted to the legislators. When adopted, the measure will oblige local governments to develop and implement waste sorting to ensure more environmentally-friendly waste management. Read more in EN

Shanghai’s new mandatory domestic waste-sorting regulations took into effect on July 1. The regulation, which was voted on and passed by city legislators in January, requires every household and institution to sort their trash into four categories – recyclables, kitchen waste, hazardous waste and residual waste. A fine of 200 yuan (approx. 26,5 EUR) will be imposed on individuals who do not comply. For errant companies, the fine can rise to as high as 50000 yuan (approx. 6670 EUR). Read more in CN

President Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of the good habit of waste classification, placing it at the core of the environmental action, and green and sustainable development. President Xi called on expansion of education and awareness-raising activities on the topic. Read more in EN

The MoHURD has announced that additional 21,3 billion yuan (approx. 2,8 million EUR) will be invested in 46 cities piloting waste classification and treatment/disposal system program to build more facilities for environmentally-sound waste treatment. Read more in EN

After the bold move implemented by Shanghai, Beijing is expected to follow the call. Revision of the current regulations is included in the city’s legislation plan for the 2018-20 period and, according to the local authorities, will mean significant changes in city’s waste management mechanism. Read more in EN

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE); National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China (NEA)
Implementation Partners
Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
09/2017 – 09/2020

Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combatting Climate Change and initiated this bilateral dialogue as "Sino-German Climate Partnership". The project has been established to support the cooperation between the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project starts in 2018 with close alignment to the restructuring at the Chinese government. In this phase, the project aims to advance the policy dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese partners domestically as well as within the international context of climate change. Part of the work will be supporting the development and implementation of China's medium- and long-term low-carbon development strategies, hence by supporting the Chinese government in strengthening the climate governance system. Domestically the SGCP project supports the policy dialogue on climate change (Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices, this includes strengthening capacities for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. On international level the SGCP project enhances the knowledge of both patterns about best practices in regard of climate policies and their implementation. For new cooperation topics identified by the Working Group on Climate Change, the project acts as an incubator for IKI development. As interface for information management, it serves a as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China, especially within the UNFCCC process.