On November 30, the 4th International Conference for China Urban Water Development, with the theme of "improving water environment and safeguarding water safety", was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing addressed the meeting. He noted that we should be fully aware of the significance of "rehabilitation of the rivers and lakes" as a strategy, seize the strategic opportunity to treat water pollution in the country, vigorously promote the major tasks on prevention and control of water pollution, ensure safe drinking water for the public and constantly improve water environmental quality.
Also on this day, the plans of Jiangyin City and Kunshan City in Jiangsu Province in East China on construction of conservation culture passed the argumentation by an expert panel organized by MEP. Vice Minister Li Ganjie noted at the argumentation meeting that to build conservation culture is a new task and new target for implementing the scientific outlook on development and building a harmonious society in the new century and the new stage and that we should upgrade the pilot projects on ecological construction to those on the construction of conservation culture.
On December 1, MEP endorsed one of the national environmental protection standards, Technical Specifications for On-board Diagnostic System of Light Duty Vehicles, which would go into effect as of February 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Reply on Approval to Change the Title of the Assignee of the National Key Laboratory on Satellite Remote Sensing for Environmental Protection.
On December 2, the national meeting on collection of sewage discharge fees was held in Hangzhou Municipality of Zhejiang Province in East China. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting. Chen Jiayuan, Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Province, also delivered a speech and Lu Xinyuan, MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety, wrapped up the meeting. The heads of the environmental departments of all the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, principals of relevant departments, bureaus, and affiliated institutions of MEP as well as heads of environmental protection supervision centers, attended the meeting. The environmental protection departments of Beijing, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province in East China, and Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province in Southwest China, Sanmenxia City of Henan Province in Central China, and Wuzhong City of Ningxia Autonomous Region in Northwest China delivered representative speeches.
Also on this day, the symposium of the discipline inspection group leaders of the national environmental protection system was held in Nantong Municipality of Jiangsu Province in East China. Fu Wenjuan, the leader of the discipline inspection group of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC to MEP, addressed the meeting. Deputy Governor of Jiangsu Province Xu Ming also delivered a speech. Over 100 people, including the leaders of the discipline inspection groups of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, the principals of the Party Committee of MEP departments, and heads of relevant departments attended the meeting.
On the same day, the final list of new members to Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2009 was made public. Meng Wei, President of China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, was elected as one of the members in the Division of Environment & Light and Textile Industries Engineering.
On December 3, the symposium on guaranteeing air quality for the World Expo in Shanghai Municipality was held in Shanghai. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai Shen Jun, and heads of environmental protection departments of Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province and Shanghai Municipality presented at the symposium.
On December 4, Vice Minister of Supervision Hao Mingjin headed the third supervision team for the special campaign on treating illegal pollutant dischargers and guaranteeing public health to Xinyu City, Yichun City and Pingxiang City of Jiangxi Province in East China, in order to conduct post-supervision on the special campaign in this province in 2009.
From December 5 to 7, Central Economic Working Conference was held in Beijing. General Secretary of CPC, President of the State, and Chairman of the Military Commission of the Central Committee of CPC Hu Jintao made an important speech at the conference, "…we should strictly control credit loans to energy-intensive, highly emission and overcapacity industries and try hard to improve the quality and profits of credit loans…. We should intensify the target-hitting responsibility system for energy saving and emissions reduction, work harder to build key projects in this regard, resolutely control the new projects in overcapacity industries, conduct pilot projects on low-carbon economy, try to control greenhouse gas emissions, enhance ecological conservation and environmental treatment, and accelerate the efforts to build resource-saving and environment-friendly society."
On December 7, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting is officially called the 15th COP of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change & the 5th COP of the Kyoto Protocol. It mainly discussed the greenhouse gas emission reduction arrangements after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
On the same day, the eighth supervision team composed of members from State Electricity Regulatory Commission and MEP supervised Jilin Province in Northeast China on how it conducted the special campaign on treating illegal pollutant dischargers and guaranteeing public health in 2009.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on the Administration on the Use of Enforcement Equipment for Construction Project funded by the Special Fund on Reduction of Major Pollutants from the Central Finance on Environmental Supervision Law Enforcement, and Circular on Special Treatment of Malfunction Caused by Blocked Withstand of the Radiation Equipment.
On December 8, Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau and Vice Premier of the State Council, visited China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and China National Environmental Monitoring Center, and chaired the symposium on environmental protection work. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Liu Hongliang and Wei Fusheng spoke at the symposium. After listening to the speeches by the participants, Li Keqiang said, "with the sustained development of the economy and society, ecological and environmental protection has become an urgent need for safeguarding and improving people's livelihood. We should follow the people-oriented principle, let the development benefit the people, protect the environment for the people, improve our environmental capacity, increase the environmental inputs, improve the policies, regulations, regimes and mechanisms, intensify the environmental law enforcement, pay close attention to and solve prominent environmental problems that harm the public health, further prevent and control the water, air, soil, and heavy metal pollution, try hard to improve the ecological environment, earnestly safeguard the environmental rights and interests of the people, and constantly improve the health level and life quality of the people." Heads of relevant departments under the Cabinet accompanied Li on his inspection and observed the symposium.
On December 9, the ninth supervision team under the Cabinet for the special campaign on environmental protection supervised for four days on Gansu Province on how well it launched the special campaign on treating illegal pollutant dischargers and safeguarding public health in 2009. During the inspection spell, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun spoke highly of the achievements of Gansu Province in the special campaign, stressed to improve the environmental infrastructure in urban areas and make sure to complete the pollution reduction tasks. Secretary of Gansu Provincial Party Committee Lu Hao and Governor Xu Shousheng expressed gratitude to MEP for its supports to the province.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Technical requirement for environmental labeling products-Wallpapers (exposure draft) and Technical requirement for environmental labeling products-Ship anti-fouling paints (exposure draft).
On December 10, MEP released the Guidelines on Examination and Licensing of Hazardous Waste Operators.
Also on this day, MEP issued Provisions on the Administration of Environmental Protection of Imported Waste Iron and Steel (on trial), which would go into effect as of January 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Guidelines for Soil Remediation of Contaminated Sites (exposure draft).
On December 11, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a visiting delegation of Democratic Party of Japan. Both sides exchanged opinions on enhancing bilateral cooperation in environment field and on issues of common concern.
Also on this day, MEP organized the formulation of Catalogue of National-level Advanced Demonstration Technologies for Prevention and Control of Pollution (2009) and Catalogue of Environmental Protection Technologies Promoted by the State (2009), in a bid to accelerate the demonstration and promotion of energy saving and emissions reduction technologies and guide the development of environmental industry.
On December 14, Vice Minister Li Ganjie noted in a report to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen that the move towards emissions reduction would remarkably fueled the reduction of CO2, that if the target set in the 11th Five-Year Plan for SO2 reduction were achieved, China would be able to reduce CO2 emissions by about 250 million tons, and that it may well be said that China's environmental measures would contribute a lot to addressing the global climate change.
On December 15, 2009 Summit on Development of China's Environmental Protection Industry, which was hosted by MEP and co-sponsored by Bank of China Ltd., was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and Chairman of the Board of the Bank Xiao Gang addressed the summit. MEP and Bank of China signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Support to the Development of Environmental Protection Industry during the summit.
Also on this day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Provisional Measures on Environmental Management of Soils on Contaminated Sites (exposure draft).
On December 16, MEP issued the Bulletin on Strict Control over the Production, Procurement and Use of Carbon Tetrachloride.
On the same day, MEP made public the results of cleaner production audit of national key businesses in 2008.
On December 17, MEP developed the Regulation on the Supervision and Inspection on the Implementation of "Three Simultaneities" System for Construction Projects and the Administration on Environmental Check and Acceptance upon their Completion (on trial).
Also on this day, MEP made public the projects who won the 2009 Environmental Protection Science & Technology Award.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Allocation of the Budget for Projects Financed by the Special Fund for Reduction of Major Pollutants from the Central Fiscal Revenue.
On December 18, Copenhagen Climate Change Summit was held in Denmark. More than 100 State leaders and heads of United Nations and its agencies attended the Summit. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made an important speech entitled "Build Consensus and Strengthen Cooperation to Advance the Historical Process of Combating Climate Change" at the Summit, elaborating in full swing the positions, propositions and measures of Chinese Government on addressing climate change issue.
Also on this day, MEP and State Administration of Work Safety jointly established a working mechanism for joint emergency response. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun and Deputy Administrator of State Administration of Work Safety Yang Yuanyuan signed the Agreement between Ministry of Environmental Protection and State Administration of Work Safety on Establishment of the Work Mechanism for Joint Emergency Response and delivered remarks.
On the same day, the first Children's Concert with the theme of "green and environmental protection"-2010 Green Angels Children's New Year Concert, was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian delivered written New Year greetings.
On December 19, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change concluded. The conference reached the non-binding Copenhagen Agreement.
Also on this day, the Forum on Environmental Education for All the People was held in Guiyang Municipality, capital of Guizhou Province in Southwest China. The theme of the Forum was "public participation and building of conservation culture". MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie sent a congratulation letter. The former Vice Minister of State Environmental Protection Administration Zhu Guangyao addressed the meeting.
On December 21, MEP endorsed two of the national environmental protection standards including Codes for Fuel Classification, which would go into effect as of March 1, 2010.
Also on this day, MEP endorsed one of the national environmental protection standards, Technical Specification of Pollution Control for Treatment of Lead-acid Battery, which would go into effect as of March 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Intensifying the Development of Low-carbon Economy in National Eco-industrial Demonstration Parks.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Project technical specification of Tannery Wastewater Treatment (exposure draft).
On the same day, MEP made public the results of the quantitative assessments of the comprehensive environmental treatment in nationwide cities in 2008.
From December 21 to 22, MEP organized the Field Meeting on National Rural Environmental Protection and Ecological Construction Demonstration in Ningbo Municipality, Zhejiang Province, conveyed the guidelines of the Central Economic Working Conference and the recent important speeches by Central leaders on environmental protection work, and wrapped up and exchanged the experience in providing financial rewards as incentives for environmental protection, the ecological demonstration work, and detailed measures on intensifying the rural environmental protection. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian stressed that we should seriously study and implement in full swing the decisions and arrangements of the Central authorities on intensifying environmental protection work, regard the policy of "providing financial rewards as incentives for environmental protection" as the breaking point for rural environmental protection, constantly deepen this policy, try hard to open a new phase for environmental protection in rural areas, and contribute to building new socialist countryside characterized with clean source water, clean farmlands and vegetable gardens and clean homes. Vice Minister Li Ganjie chaired the meeting. MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting. Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Province Chen Jiayuan and Mayor of Ningbo Municipality Mao Guanglie addressed the meeting. Heads of the environmental protection bureau of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, environmental protection bureau of Shenyang Municipality, and governments of Weihai Municipality, Zhongshan Municipality, Yixing Municipality, Changsha County, Shitai County, Anji County, Huoshan County, Hongya County, Lizhuang Town of Yibin City, briefed the meeting on the comprehensive environmental treatment and pilot projects on ecological construction in rural areas. The heads of environmental protection departments of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, cities separately listed on the state plan, and some of the capital cities; government representatives from relevant cities and counties; and heads of relevant departments under Ministry of Finance and MEP observed the meeting.
On December 24, the 2nd Situation Analysis Meeting on the Development of China's Population, Resources and Environment, which was hosted by CPPCC Committee of Population, Resources and Environment, was held in Beijing. CPPCC Vice Chairman Sun Jiazheng addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and delivered a speech. He noted that China should make great efforts to develop low-carbon economy, take the policy of energy saving and emissions reduction as one of the important instruments, exercise strict environmental conditions for access to industries, try to transform to low-carbon industries, accelerate the efforts to change the traditional production processes into eco-friendly processes, and work on the policies and measures favorable for development of low-carbon economy.
From December 21 to 24, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun headed an investigation group to investigate how well Jilin Province implemented the 11th Five-Year Plan on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution in Songhua River Basins.
From December 22 to 24, with the accompany of Sun Ruibin, Deputy Governor of Hebei Province in North China, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian came to Gangshang Town, Luquan City and Quzhai Village of Gaocheng Municipality in Hebei Province to give instructions on the work in the liaison sites for studying and implementing the scientific outlook on development, inspected on the rural environmental protection work, and discussed with local cadres and people on deepening the policy of "providing financial rewards as incentives to rural environmental protection" as well as the policies and measures for promoting the comprehensive environmental treatment in rural areas.
On December 26, the 12th session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress concluded in Beijing. The meeting voted through the Tort Liability Law, Sea Island Protection Law and the decision on amendment to the Law on Renewable Energy.
On December 28, the kickoff meeting for the formulation of the 12th Five-Year Plan on Key S&T Project on Control and Treatment of Pollution to Waters as well as the symposium on local demands for science and technology were held in Beijing. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing addressed the meeting.
Also on this day, the 9th China Economic Forum, with the theme of "energy saving, emissions reduction and conservation culture", concluded at the International Convention and Exhibition Center of Harbin Municipality, capital of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China. Representatives from a dozen of ministries under the Central Government, more than 100 cities and over 200 renowned businesses and agencies participated in the Forum to discuss "energy saving, emissions reduction and conservation culture". The former Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC Cheng Siwei attended the forum.
On December 29, National Working Meeting on Environmental Emergency Management and the inaugural meeting of the National Expert Panel on Environmental Emergency Response were held in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting. Heads of the State Council Office of Emergency Management and relevant departments under the Cabinet; heads of environmental protection departments and environmental emergency response agencies of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, cities separately listed on the state plan, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and cities at under-provincial level; as well as heads of MEP departments, environmental protection supervision centers and their affiliated emergency management departments, participated in the meeting.
On the same day, MEP organized a video meeting on the verification and assessment of the total amount of reduced major pollutants in 2009. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun mobilized and made arrangements for the verification and assessment work in 2009. Heads of relevant MEP departments and affiliated institutions as well as representatives from five large power corporations including the State Grid Corporation, China Huaneng Group, China Huadian Corporation, China Datang Corporation, China Guodian Corporation, China Power Investment Corporation came to the main meeting site. Heads of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, cities separately listed on the state plan, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps; officials in charge of pollution reduction in the above-said entities; as well as the staff from supervision centers and engaged in the verification and assessment work, sat in the branch meeting site.
On December 30, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the regular meeting of MEP, which considered and adopted in principle the draft amendments to Law on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution, Measures for Administrative Punishment for Environmental Protection, Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances, and Measures on the Administration of Local Environmental Quality Standards and Recording of Emission Standards. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, and Zhou Jian, head of the Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, member of MEP Party Group and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Lu Xinyuan presented at the meeting. Heads of MEP departments observed the meeting.
On the same day, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the regular meeting of MEP, which considered and adopted the opinions on the assessment of the designated processers of imported used hard wares, used electric wires and used electric motors in 2010. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, and Zhou Jian, head of the Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, member of MEP Party Group and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Lu Xinyuan presented at the meeting. Heads of relevant MEP departments observed the meeting.
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