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ELI Annual Dinner

Hosted by Environmental Law Institute

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Dates: Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:00 —Tue, 10/23/2018 - 20:00

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce that it will present its 2018 Environmental Achievement Award to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Apple’s Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, in recognition of her visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career. The 2018 dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 23.


Global Symposium on “Judiciary and the Environment: Adjudicating Our Future” with Judge Zheng Xuelin of the Supreme People’s Court delivering a presentation on the role of China’s judiciary in environmental enforcement

Hosted by the Organization of American States, the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment, UN Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Dates: Thu, 8/23/2018 – Fri, 8/24/2018

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This invitation-only two-day event brings together invited U.S. State Chief Justices and other distinguished Judges from the United States, and from OAS and UN member States, as well as selected academics and other leading experts and observers with the purpose of identifying emerging trends and exchanging experiences in support of the role of the judiciary in addressing environmental challenges to multidimensional security as well as in the continuous advancement of the environmental rule of law and strengthening democracy. Judge Zheng Xuelin, the inaugural chief judge of the Environmental and Resources Division of the Supreme People’s Court, lead a Chinese judicial delegation to this symposium and discussed in a panel the role of China’s judiciary in environmental enforcement.


PRCEE delegation visit to ELI

Hosted by Environmental Law Institute

Location: Location: Washington, DC, United States

Dates: Wed, 8/15/2018

A delegation led by Ms. Tian Chunxiu, Deputy Director General of the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) and including representatives from both PRCEE and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), met with ELI and Latham & Watkins attorneys. The discussion focused on comparative best practices on co-benefit and con-control as well as the next steps of China International Business Dialogue on Environmental Governance (CIBDEG).


Beheading Dragons: Streamlining China’s Environmental Governance

Hosted by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Dates: Thu, 07/12/2018

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In March, China’s National People’s Congress passed sweeping reforms to streamline environmental governance in order to more rapidly mitigate China's crushing air, water, and soil pollution. Natural resource and pollution regulation have long been fragmented and managed by overlapping bureaucracies in China, leading to infighting and buck passing. The Chinese idiom “nine dragons rule the waters” (jiu long zhi shui) aptly captures how nine different government agencies have competed to regulate water. Under today’s reforms, China’s lead environmental watchdog—newly renamed Ministry of Ecological Environment (MEE)—will share water regulation with the Ministry of Water Resources, decreasing nine dragons to two. Another major dragon-slaying reform was to grant most regulatory power over climate change to MEE, a move that will require this newly reconfigured agency to become significantly more powerful than its earlier incarnation.

On July 12, 2018, CEF has invited three speakers to unpack the drivers and impacts of this major reform in China. Liu Zhuoshi (Environmental Law Institute) will detail how legal and regulatory authorities around pollution and climate issues are changing. He will also reflect on hurdles Chinese government faces to expand these reforms at the subnational level. Hu Tao (WWF - U.S.) will explore how the new MEE could act more holistically to manage complex pollution issues, like a better coordination on the joint management of air pollution and carbon emission regulations. Liu Shuang (Energy Foundation China) will reflect on the implication of China’s recent governance reforms on efforts to create a national carbon emissions trading systems and what other policies and institutional changes are needed to make it succeed.


Roundtable: Environmental Policy Innovation and Corporate New Dynamism

Hosted by Jun He LLP

Location: Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China

Dates: Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:30 — 17:30

Launched on May 9 in Beijing by Latham & Watkins, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE), CIBDEG is a working group designed to facilitate discussion between multinational businesses and Chinese authorities regarding best practices in government and industry in the area of environmental regulation, as well as the forward movement of environmental policy and regulation in China.

In addition to helping the Chinese government understand the concerns of multinational business and how environmental regulations function in the United States and Europe, CIBDEG will help multinational businesses understand the direction of Chinese environmental regulation in order to prepare for and fully comply with new regulations. The group aims to attract businesses from several sectors including aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, chemical, consumer products, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and logistics.

The forum featured speakers including Ms. Han Min, the Deputy Director General of the Law and Policy Department of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and Mr. Yuan Qingdan, the Deputy Director General of PRCEE. The multinationals participating in the launch included Axalta, BP, Chevron, DowDupont, FMC Corporation, General Electric, and Henkel. In addition, the United States Information Technology Office was involved.

As a result of the roundtable, CIBDEG was asked to prepare a report on the topics discussed, as well as an analysis of conceptual issues relating to the new permitting system. 

CIBDEG Roundtable May 2018

CIBDEG Roundtable in Beijing, May 2018


Meeting: Environmental Enforcement Under the New Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in China

Hosted by Latham & Watkins LLP

Location: Washington, D.C.

Dates: Wed, 10/24/2018 – 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Latham & Watkins and the Environmental Law Institute, with speaker, Li Liping of the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, invite you to join them for a discussion on recent developments in Chinese environmental policy. This program will bring together multinational companies facing similar challenges with the rapidly developing environmental policy, regulatory, and enforcement landscape in China under the recently reorganized Ministry of Environmental Protection into the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).