The Chinese government has approved a set of regulations designed to protect the environment and improve the safety standards of food and water.
The National Council recommended, among other things, to accelerate the installation of emission level controllers for small refineries operating on coal, and slower development of the most energy-intensive industries such as metallurgy, chemical industry, petrochemical and cement.
Enterprises in the most polluting industries will have until the end of 2017 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent.
Instructions were issued to regional authorities to raise the criteria used in the evaluation of various projects in terms of their impact on the environment, and not to grant authorisation, funding and land projects to those that do not meet the new standards.
It is also expected penalties to be imposed on companies…
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