China Takes a Multifaceted Approach to Pollution Control
Back in January, we posted an article on the record high pollution levels in China. Over the past 6 months, China has taken big strides in fighting pollution and climate change.
With several of the world’s fastest growing cities and largest economic engines, China is taking a multifaceted approach to pollution control including ground up innovation, sustainability programs and tougher legislative actions against violators.
According to a Pew Charitable Trusts’ report, surpassing the US in 2012, China secured $65.1 billion in renewable energy investments as compared to $35.6 Billion and $22.8 billion in investments secured by the U.S. and Germany.
Renewable energy investments are being used to develop programs that maximize electric vehicle usage, expand green building programs and implement a locally tailored carbon market.
Officials are also cracking down on organizations that violate pollution standards including a lower threshold for conviction and higher penalties. Recent measures treat executives and others directly responsible for an organization’s polluting activities as individual offenders with strict punishments ranging from fine and prison time all the way to the death penalty. Additionally, organizations responsible for pollution will continue to be heavily fined.
According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, since January, police have detained 118 people suspected of environmental pollution. These measures are designed to get decision makers to take a proactive role in preventing air and ground water contamination as well as streamline the investigation of offenders.
These recent developments are especially important for companies with global real estate portfolios. If your company currently has facilities in China or is looking to expand into these markets, be sure to consult with one of our CRE professionals. We have on the ground coverage actively monitoring these movements and will be able to position your company for success.
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