State Council Passes Draft of a New Version of China’s Emission Permit Regulation

Premier Li Keqiang hosted an executive meeting of the State Council on December 9th, 2020. The meeting passed the “Regulations on the Management of Emission Permits (Draft)” (hereafter called “Draft”), clarifying that the pollutant discharge units shall be classified according to the amount of pollutants produced, discharged, and the level of impact to the environment, among others.

According to the Draft, the approval procedures for the emission permits should be standardized, and the polluting units are required to establish an environmental management inventory system, disclose the emission information. Supervision during and after the pollutants discharge will be strengthened, and the cost of violations will be increased by adopting continuous penalties on a daily basis, suspension or shutdown of production for rectification.

The new version of China’s Emission Permit Regulation will likely be released soon by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). Solid waste will be a newly added parameter to be regulated in the emission permit system.

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
China
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)
Duration
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.