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The State Council orders nationwide review of regulations and policies to ensure consistency of environmental laws.



On September 18th, the State Council issued an order to the central government agencies, provincial, and local governments to review the regulations and policy documents that they issued. The goal is to identify, remove, or revise those provisions inconsistent with the environmental protection statutes and the environmental policies issued by the Party Central Committee and the State Council after the 18th national congress of 2018. The deadline of the review is October 2018.

China adopts its first soil pollution law



On August 31st, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed a statute on soil pollution prevention and control, as the country has escalated its fight against pollution. The new law filled the legal void on soil protection and will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

The annual National Energy Efficiency Promotion Week and National Low-carbon Day inaugurated


Ministry of Ecology and Environment


The 2018 annual National Energy Efficiency Promotion Week, National Low-carbon Day, and Beijing Energy Efficiency Promotion Week and Low-carbon Day activities were inaugurated in Beijing on Monday by the NDRC, MEE, and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality. High-ranking officials with the said three organizations presented at and spoke at the inauguration ceremony. A senior official with the Communist Youth League Central Committee participated.

The 26th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in South Africa


Ministry of Ecology and Environment


The 26th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change among China, India, Brazil, and South Africa was held in Durban, South Africa between May 19 and 20. Xie Zhenhua, China's Special Representative on Climate Change headed a delegation to the event, with members from the climate change and international cooperation departments of MEE and the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Keep to our mission and vigorously promote ecological progress


Ministry of Ecology and Environment


The National Conference on Ecological and Environmental Protection marks one of the historic events in the development course of ecological civilization and ecological and environmental protection; it ranks at the highest level with unparallelled significance. The event fully demonstrates the great attention attached by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core to the building of ecological civilization and the ecological and environmental protection. General Secretary Xi Jinping made important remarks, wrapped up the inter-congressional historical achievements and practical experience in this endeavor, made overall plans for the work in the new era, and charted the course and set forth the ground rules for uplifting ecological civilization and building a beautiful China. This is of great historical and practical significance to aligning the thoughts and actions of the whole Party and the whole nation with those of the central authorities, resolutely putting up a tough fight over pollution, and taking the building of ecological civilization in China up to new levels.

Post-Brexit Environmental Principles and Governance Bill Consultation Launches in UK


Environment Land Resources


Consultation document proposes replacing the European Commission with a new environmental watchdog, among other recommendations. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green

The UK government has announced a consultation in relation to the proposed new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which aims to ensure maintained and strengthened environmental protection following the UK’s exit from the EU. While this particular consultation, which was announced on 10 May, relates to England, the government has indicated that it will “… work closely with devolved administrations on common frameworks”. The government’s intention is to “… ensure we leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it”. The planned publication date for the Bill is this autumn.

Nearly four decades' pollution charging system abolished


Ministry of Ecology and Environment


On May 2, MEE issued its second decree which is about the abolishment of one departmental rule and 27 regulatory documents on the charging of the pollution fee.

The decision came after the fact that the Environmental Protection Tax Law and its implementation rules had entered into effect as of Jan. 1, 2018, the exact date on which the Administrative Regulations on the Collection and Use of Pollution Fee promulgated by the State Council on Jan. 2, 2003 was abolished.