China

Air quality readings across China's cities
January 09, 2014
China’s 31 provinces, antonymous regions and self-governing municipalities have been given firm targets to reduce air pollution by 2017 with cuts of between five and 25 percent depending on location according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will evaluate each province's progress annually.
While much attention and money is being lavished on improving China’s urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.
Read Full Story China approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 - six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10 percent of US annual usage - flying in the face of plans to tackle choking air pollution.
About 350,000 to 500,000 premature deaths occur in China every year due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald on Tuesday.
China’s government is stepping in to further prop up its beleaguered solar sector, including the introduction of new guidelines that could weed out smaller domestic players.
China announced on Friday that it is considering a three-tiered system for water usage by the end of 2015 which will apply additional to levies households that use more water.
Chinese companies are to be rated by the government on their environmental performance records which will, in turn, determine how they are treated under various social and financial aspects.
In a move that parallel western oil majors such as BP, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) is planning to sell off its renewable energy subsidiary, CNOOC New Energy Investment Co, citing lackluster demand and high production costs.
Solar PV Demand from the APAC Region Between 2010 and 2014 - SolarBuzz
December 20, 2013
Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in 2014 will be dominated by the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, which will account for approximately 50 percent of all new solar PV demand next year. According to findings from the latest NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific PV Markets Quarterly report, almost 95 percent of new solar PV capacity in the APAC region in 2014 will come from just five countries: China, Japan, India, Australia, and Thailand.
China’s Guangdong Province racked up the first seven deals in its new carbon market yesterday trading about 120,000 tonnes of emissions for CNY7.22 million (USD1.2 million). Prices ranged between CNY60 and CNY61 per tonne, according to the provincial carbon emission trading market.