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Oct 15, 2006

Vehicle excise tax to discourage inefficient vehicles in effect

The vehicle excise tax, which strengthens the market for small and fuel-efficient vehicles, was adjusted and went into effect on April 1st, 2006.
Oct 15, 2006

China's Renewable Energy Law calls for 15% of all energy to come from renewables in 2020

In January 2006, NDRC released a number of regulations to support implementation of the Renewable Energy Law. The most important regulation is the "Provisional Methods for Renewable Energy Power Pricing and Cost-sharing Management," which adopts a feed-in tariff for power generated from biomass and other renewable sources. For biomass, the feed-in tariff is a benchmark coal-fired power tariff plus RMB 0.25 (U.S. 3.1 cents) per kWh. In contrast, for large wind farm projects, the regulation adopts a bidding approach. Experts hold different opinions toward this method. Some think that this may have an adverse impact on the stability of the wind market and will eventually hinder the development of a local wind industry.
Oct 15, 2006

Three NDRC-approved wind projects indicate a relaxation of wind project approval policies

In February 2006, NDRC approved three 200-MW wind projects for Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, Huadian Power International, and the China Three Gorges Project Corporation, all three located along the coast of Jiangsu Province. The approval of these three projects is the first time that NDRC has approved wind projects in the way of "granting" ever since NDRC adopted the "concession" approach. These are also the first batch of projects that NDRC has approved since the issuance of new renewable power pricing and cost-sharing regulations. The granting of these three wind projects outside the bidding process is an indication of NDRC's relaxation of its wind projects approval policy.
Oct 15, 2006

The State Environmental Protection Agency signs SO2 emissions reduction contracts with China's major power generating companies and seven provinces

In the 11th Five-year Plan for Environmental Protection, SEPA adopted a “total emissions cap” requiring a 10% reduction in major pollutant emissions, and allocated varying emissions allowances to all provinces. The power sector will apply a separate allocation scheme. The signing of these contracts, which specify reduction targets, measures, and responsibilities, solidifies the arrangements.
Oct 15, 2006

Energy Efficiency Power Plant to be “constructed” in Guangdong

Advocated by CSEP grantees, NDRC is proceeding with "constructing" an Energy Efficiency Power Plant (EPP) in Guangdong Province. EPPs are bundled energy efficiency projects that deliver saved kW and kWhs much the same way as conventional power plants; construction of an EPP obviates the need to build polluting coal-fired power plants. The implementation of EPPs require utilities to purchase saved capacity and energy, with associated costs recovered through increased rates. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide the necessary capital support for project implementation. CSEP grantees the Regulatory Assistance Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Optimal Energy have won the ADB contract for providing international best practice policy guidance and program design.
Oct 15, 2006

Buildings energy efficiency provision completed by the Ministry of Construction

The Ministry of Construction completed the “Management Provision of Building Energy Efficiency” and submitted it to the State Council in May 2006. The provision includes residential and commercial building energy codes implementation requirements that carry strong legal weight; all provinces and cities must implement the codes. It is expected that the State Council will approve and issue the provision by the end of 2006.
Oct 15, 2006

Sustainable Energy Journalists Award

On June 15th, the Sustainable Energy Journalist Award, co-funded by CSEP and WWF China, honored journalists who contribute to public awareness of energy conservation through outstanding reporting of sustainable energy and environmental issues.
Oct 15, 2006

Key government institutions accept tax and fiscal policies to promote energy efficient products and investment

Grantee- (Energy Research Institute, Research Institute of Fiscal Science) recommended incentives to promote energy efficient products and investment were accepted by key Ministry of Finance (MOF) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) officials in April 2006. Enterprises are willing to invest in energy efficiency because they can deduct the investment and pay less tax. MOF and NDRC are working with relevant agencies to finalize the details and submit the regulations to the State Council for approval this year.
Oct 17, 2005

UK DEFRA expert joins Top-1,000 Program team in Beijing

In August, James Godber, from the United Kingdom’s Climate Change Agreements team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), relocated to CSEP’s Beijing Office to help with the Top-1,000 Program implementation. He will apply his international experience with industrial energy savings agreements to provide assistance to NDRC and other Chinese project experts.
Oct 10, 2005

NDRC issues the Top-1000 Enterprises Implementation Plan, April 7, 2006

China’s top 1,000 enterprises use one third of the country’s primary energy. The program’s target is to reduce 100 million tons of coal equivalent in five years, equivalent to 242 million tons of carbon dioxide. NDRC held a workshop with associations of the nine key industry sectors on June 2nd to discuss the program’s implementation.
Oct 10, 2005

Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (IESE) at Tsinghua University is a top center of environmental education and research. The Institute offers courses and programs in the major environmental sciences and engineering fields.
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