Main targets in the national guideline on environmental improvements. Image: mep.gov.cn
Environmental protection and restoration are at the top of the agenda. A national guideline on environmental improvements was approved at a State Council executive meeting on Nov 15.
China will improve environmental protection and restoration to ensure a greener, more sustainable development, according to the new guideline for environmental protection during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).
The new guideline makes it clear that equally strong efforts are required both in environmental protection and restoration, while minimizing industrial disruption to the environment. It sets the goals of a more environmentally friendly way of living, considerable reduction of major pollutants, and a sounder ecological system by 2020.
Red lines will be drawn on emission control, and the government will encourage energy-efficient industries. It also gives priority to air, water and soil protection. The government will impose comprehensive controls on heavy metals, hazardous waste and poisonous chemicals.
Institutional innovation and modern regulatory measures in environmental protection and restoration are also required.
Investment and participation by local governments and business communities will be welcomed and the government plans to offer more diverse financing channels.