[ Jul 29, 2014 ]
The 10th city air quality management workshop themed air pollution emergency response management was held on June 24-25, 2014 in Beijing which was co-organized by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (MEP) and Clean Air Asia (CAA) with the support from the Energy Foundation China. The objective of the workshop was to support implementation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan and the revision of the Law of People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution and city air pollution emergency response management. Eighty participants attended the workshop, including officials from MEP, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA), representatives from 20 provinces and cities, and experts from universities and research institutions.
[ Jul 15, 2014 ]
Environmental Costs of Coal are Huge in China, Calling for Reform of Environmental Taxes and Fees for Coal
Beijing, July 10th, 2014: Today, the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning (CAEP) and Energy Foundation China (EFC) jointly released a report The Environmental External Costs Of Coal, which points out that China’s environmental costs of coal are huge. Total costs in 2010 reached 555.5 billion yuan, equal to 3.8 times the central government’s environmental protection expenditure in the same year1. The external environmental cost of coal was 204.76 yuan per ton, which is equal to 28% of the coal price in that year2. Public health costs caused by air pollution from coal burning, and health cost of miners during the coal production process, were the largest, reaching 211.7 billion yuan and 93.4 billion yuan respectively, adding up to 55% of the total external cost.
[ Jul 14, 2014 ]
Energy Foundation China recently held its 14th annual Dialogue Partners Meeting. The Dialogue Partners group consists of 41 current and former director-level senior government officials and top experts in the field.
[ Jun 16, 2014 ]
On June 14, 2014, Energy Foundation China and Resources for the Future co-hosted the “China Green Growth Forum” at the 2014 annual conference of the Chinese Economists Society in Guangzhou. Attendees included Sir James Mirrlees, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Economics and professor of Economics in Cambridge University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin, economist and honorary dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, and Marianne Fay, chief economist for the Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank. Participants shared their insights on green growth policies in China and abroad.