China announces ban on industrial projects to combat climate change in key zones
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China announces ban on industrial projects to combat climate change in key zones

China Friday announced that it will ban new steel, coking, oil refining, cement, and glass projects in key zones to combat climate change by lowering pollution and carbon emissions.

The plan establishes a zoning system to reduce carbon emissions. The zones classify urban areas, main agricultural production areas and key ecological function areas. It is “strictly forbidden” to increase the production capacity of steel, coking, oil refining, electrolytic aluminium, cement, and flat glass (excluding photovoltaic glass) in the key areas.

The plan also promotes the incorporation of coordinated control of greenhouse gas emissions into laws and regulations related to the ecological environment. A compliance system to enforce the new policy intends to “crack down” on false carbon emissions data and strengthen daily supervision. The system also encourages companies with high emissions to disclose environmental information in compliance with Chinese laws. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Market Regulation, and the National Energy Administration are responsible for this implementation.