China to speed up establishment of legal and policy system for green production and consumption

On 11 March, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China jointly issued the document ‘Opinions on Speeding up the Establishment of a Legal and Policy System for Green Production and Consumption’, which aims to improve current laws and regulations, and facilitate green production and consumption nationally.

The document states the following as its main goal: by the year 2025, regulations, standards and policies related to green production and consumption should be further improved and strengthened, and a system with effective incentives and constraints should be basically complete. Green production and consumption will be implemented on a national scale in key areas, industries and processes, to improve China’s green development overall.

To achieve the 2025 goal, the document highlighted 27 key tasks to be carried out in nine areas, including the promotion of green design, the strengthening of industrial clean production, the development of an industrial circular economy, the reinforcement of industrial pollution control and the facilitation of clean energy development. The tasks were clearly assigned to different ministries and authorities for implementation, including NDRC, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). MEE will be responsible for completing and improving the list of priority control chemical substances, introducing policies and measures to further promote mandatory clean production auditing in key industries, speeding up the development of feasible technical guidelines for pollution prevention and control, and other related tasks.

According to the requests laid out in the document, ministries and authorities should be obliged to facilitate the formulation and revision of laws and regulations, standards and policies related to green production and consumption. These should also be adapted and implemented at the local level. Fiscal, tax and revenue, and financial departments at all levels should improve relevant supporting policies accordingly in the long term. Publicity and communication campaigns on green production and consumption need to be implemented by communication departments at different levels.

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

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)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.