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.
Guangdong Coal Plants
New coal-fired power stations in Guangdong will lead to 16,000 premature deaths in China’s Guangdong province and neighboring Hong Kong over the next 40 years, according to research by an air-pollution specialist. The research, conducted by Greenpeace and American air pollution expert Dr. H. Andrew Gray, estimates that PM2.5 air pollution from 96 power plants in operation in both Guangdong and Hong Kong caused nearly 3,600 premature deaths as well as 4,000 cases of asthma in children in the region during 2011.
China city air pollution
July 08, 2013
In late February 2012, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China announced a plan to revise the national ambient air quality standards, which will be implemented across the entire country on 1 January 2016. Key regions such as the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta will implement the new standards well before 2016. One of the highlights of the announcement was the inclusion, for the first time, of standards for PM2.5 (that is, particulates with diameter of 2.5 microns or less). This is a breakthrough in air quality management in China, as tighter standards will improve the living environment and better protect public health.
Contaminated vegetables
June 24, 2013
Hot on the heels of last month's cadmium-tainted rice revelations in China, residents of Guangdong – the wealthy and populous province bordering Hong Kong – have been confronted with new concerns that up to a fifth of the Pearl River Delta's vegetables contain excessive amounts of heavy metals. The widespread vegetable contamination, which includes poisons such as arsenic, cadmium, copper and mercury, was detailed by a provincial agriculture official while raising awareness of farmland pollution in the province, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
Guangzhou is claiming to be the first city in China to provide subsidies for energy-saving cars. Buyers for hybrid or electric cars are entitled to a USD1,605 rebate on their cars and get free car number plates, worth a similar amount. Charges for number plates began in August to curb climbing emissions. Over 17,000 free plates have been awarded so far. The municipal government will provide the subsidies so long as the buyer applies within three months of buying an approved vehicle. It also expects to boost sales of hybrid cars.
PRD 2020 vision
November 01, 2012
According to the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) for 2008 -2020, formulated by the National Development and Reform Commission, cities in the PRD are progressively converging into one urban cluster, forming the most densely populated urban corridor in China. The nine prefectures in the region were home to 56.15 million people at the end of 2010, according to the Guangdong Statistic Book 2010. Given that Guangzhou alone expects to have 20 million people by 2020, it is entirely possible the total population of the PRD could double by that time.
The Pearl River Delta Region
June 26, 2012
The governments of China’s Guangdong Province, and its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions – collectively covering the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region – have jointly released a plan for long-term co-operation in the areas of environment and ecology, low-carbon development, culture and social living, spatial planning and green transportation systems. Among the raft of proposals in the Regional Co-operation Plan on Building a Quality Living Area, there is a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening regional co-operation on reducing air pollution in the PRD.
April 30, 2012
Further proof (if more were needed) that local sources are driving the decline in Hong Kong's air quality has just arrived in an official report. The 2011 Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Report, produced by Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Department of Environmental Protection of Guangdong Province, shows continuous improvement of air quality in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) area.
Guangzhou in polluted mist
March 08, 2012
Taking an early-bird approach to meeting the stricter national air quality requirements, environmental authorities of Guangdong province have released their first set of PM2.5 readings today. The State Council announced last week that stricter standards would be adopted in cities, including readings for ozone and concentrations of PM2.5 - particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter - which is considered more hazardous to health than larger particles.
South China's Guangdong province will construct a 198-MW offshore wind farm this year and connect it to the grid in 2014, according to Guangdong Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. on Monday.