MoHURD releases Guideline on Promoting Construction Waste Reduction and A Guidance Manual on Construction Waste Reduction at Construction Site (Trial Version)

Climate Risk and Resilience
Jul 16, 2020

The Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development (MoHURD) released a new Regulation on Promoting Construction Waste Reduction to address the issue of environmental pollution and CO2 emissions from construction waste. Construction waste accounts for over 40% of urban solid waste in China.

The revised version of China’s law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution of Solid Waste, which stipulates the reduction of construction waste, was reviewed and approved by the 17th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress on 29th April. In order to implement the law, MoHURD issued the Guideline on Promoting Construction Waste Reduction and The Guidance Manual, which aim at reducing construction waste and supporting the transition towards green practices in the construction industry. The following key goals are expressed in the Guideline:

  1. To establish a mechanism for construction waste reduction;
  2. To promote the transformation of organizational processes in construction and production;
  3. To prevent and reduce the generation of construction waste at the source during the construction process;
  4. To effectively reduce the construction waste discharge throughout the life cycle of the project;
  5. To continue to promote sustainable development practices in the construction of urban and rural living environments.

The objective of the Regulation is to limit emissions from construction waste (excluding engineering waste soil and engineering mud) at the construction site of new buildings to 300 tons/10,000 m2 by the end of 2025. Within that same time frame, emissions from construction waste for prefabricated buildings shall not exceed 200 tons/10,000 m2. To this end, the regulation mentions the following measures:

  1. At the planning and design stage of the project, green planning and green design should be implemented;
  2. At the construction site, measures should be taken in support of source reduction of construction waste with regards to classification and storage, local disposal, life-cycle emission control, etc.

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
Political Partners
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. 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 Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.