Keyword: Environmental Protection

China notifies the WTO that it won’t import any more waste

China officially notified the WTO on July 18th that by the end of the year it will enact a ban on the import of certain kinds of waste. As the text of China’s WTO filing reads, “China will forbid the import of 4 classes, 24 kinds of solid wastes, including plastics waste from living sources, vanadium slag, unsorted waste paper and waste textile materials. (…) To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently adjust the imported solid wastes list, and forbid the import of solid wastes that are highly polluted.” China is a major importer of waste, accounting for 56% of world imports last year. Apart from Hong Kong, Japan and …read more

Qinghai province uses only renewable energy for a whole week

It has been reported that Qinghai, China’s fourth largest province, has gone for one week using only renewable sources of energy, including wind, solar and hydro power. According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, during the seven days from June 17 to 23, the province consumed 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of energy, which is equivalent to burning 535,000 tons of coal. Qinghai, which lies mostly on the Tibetan plateau, is an enormous but sparsely populated region. By May this year, renewable energy already provided 82.8% of power for the province’s 5.8 million people. Han Ti, vice-general manager of the provincial grid company, stated that “clean energy is the ultimate way. We …read more

Chinese environmental NGOs write open letter to WWF

Chinese environmental NGOs write open letter to WWF

Editor’s Note: This is CDB’s translation of an open letter that was jointly signed by a number of Chinese environmental protection organizations, and addressed to the leaders of the World Wildlife Fund’s China office. The letter is critical of the recently announced cooperation project between WWF and Jingdong, one of China’s largest E-commerce companies, in view of the company’s trade in endangered fish.   Dear Executive Director of WWF in China Mr. Wang Shi and Secretary General Mr. Lu Sicheng,   We belong to several domestic environmental protection organizations. On June 8th, we observed that the Jingdong Group had formed a strategic partnership with WWF — together the two parties …read more

Jingdong partners with WWF to work on sustainable development

Jingdong partners with WWF to work on sustainable development

It was reported last week that Jingdong and WWF have announced a strategic partnership — together they will work on material recycling, carbon reduction, sustainable supply chains, green logistics and other relevant fields — to globally promote the concepts and actions of sustainable development and lifestyles in production, circulation and consumption. Jingdong is a Chinese E-commerce company and one of the two biggest B2C online retailers in China, which in a country addicted to online shopping has allowed it to enter the Fortune Global 500. From left to right: Lu Sicheng (Secretary general of WWF in China), Wang Shi (Executive director of WWF in China), Liu Qiangdong (CEO of Jingdong …read more

Identifying the role of youth organizations in environmental protection

A Round Table of Chinese Environmental Protection Youth Organizations was held in Liupanshui, Guizhou on July 6. Nearly fourty environmental protection organizations attended the conference, discussing the establishment of a coordinated governance system on environmental protection and the role of youth organizations. Regarding the difficulties for social organizations, the director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs Ma Jun claimed that a deeper trust should be built between social organizations and the government and society. He also pointed out that the Central Communist Youth League was doing a good job of helping environmental organizations to better manage and govern their affairs. The project leader of Beijing Global Village Liang …read more