Public Policy

Food security, rural environment have been cited by the central government as its top priorities for 2014, according to a document published on the State Council’s website yesterday.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak
Read Full Story Green groups from around the globe up in arms after WikiLeaks late last week released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 percent of global GDP and one-third of world trade.
Korea Green Growth
Despite concerns that it has weakened its commitment, South Korea remains determined to fight global warming by pushing through carbon reduction projects at home and boosting international co-operation, the nation’s ambassador for climate change said.
Japan’s prime minister has hinted that the government will announce that it will eventually abandon nuclear energy when it issues its new energy policy this week. News reports say the premier and Cabinet ministers have already agreed to the new policy.
As of next year it will become mandatory for big building owners in Jakarta to comply with environmental guidelines as laid out in the governor’s 2012 regulation on green buildings, according to the Jakarta Post.
Vietnam’s car and motorbike drivers in several big cities must start buying petrol mixed with bio-fuel E5 by the end of next year, under new rules outlined by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) this week.
Korea, the world’s fifth-largest oil importer, is fast shifting its growth paradigm to an environmentally-friendly, energy efficient one to achieve both sustainable economic growth and protect the earth, according to the Korea Herald. President Lee Myung-bak unveiled his plans for the country to play a leading role in drawing up a plan for sustainable growth at last week’s opening ceremony of the Global Green Growth Summit 2012, which was attended by national leaders, heads of international organizations, noted scholars and businesspeople,
Singapore’s parliament passed a new Energy Conservation Bill on Monday to introduce mandatory energy management practices for large energy users in the industrial and transport sectors.
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has begun to solicit public views on a draft amendment to the current regulation of green food labels issued in 1993, according to the ministry yesterday.
Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Hawaii Saturday that China will deepen economic structural reform, grow a green economy, enhance protection of intellectual property rights and open wider to the outside world.