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.
Hong Kong's Northeast New Territories Landfill
December 19, 2013
Hong Kong resident have been complaining for years about air pollution coming over the border from Southern China but now some complaints are heading in the opposite direction. 262 legislators from the neighbor city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province have signed a petition calling for a solution to problems caused by garbage being dumped in Hong Kong.
 Aussie Coal demand
China’s moves to clean up emissions in the manufacturing industry is putting billions of dollars in investment in the Australian coal industry at risk, according to new report from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. The study, commissioned by HSBC’s Climate Change Centre of Excellence, found that coal projects could be “stranded” by a range of Chinese measures, including environmental regulation, carbon pricing, investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Burnig dirty coal
December 18, 2013
A new joint study by the China Electricity Council (CEC) and New York NGO the Environmental Defense Fund recommends that to reduce pollution, China’s large power plants burn high polluting dirty coal and keep it out of the hands of smaller coal-burning operations which lack emissions control systems.
Asia Coal Demand
December 17, 2013
Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).