BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council Wednesday passed a draft
regulation on environmental evaluation over new projects to prevent pollution or
ecological destruction from the beginning.
Under the regulation, environmental evaluations are required before the planning of development projects could be approved,
according to an executive meeting of the State Council, presided over by Premier
Such a regulation covers all development activities, from land use and the
development of rivers or oceans, to development projects related to industrial,
agricultural, husbandry, and forestry sectors as well as energy, water
conservation, transportation, urban construction, tourism, and exploration of
In the latest case, the Ministry of Environmental Protection in June
suspended two hydropower station projects over the Jinshajiang River, upstream
of Yangtze River, which had been started without environmental approval.
China Huaneng Group and China Huadian Corporation, which owns the two
plants, were ordered to conduct environment-friendly improvement to their high
energy-consuming and highly polluting projects.
The regulation would be revised and later publicized by the State Council
for enforcement, according to the meeting.
The government also reiterated its stance of sticking to the principle of
"common but differentiated responsibilities" established by the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
The government would continue to work with other countries and play a
constructive role for the success of the Copenhagen conference, according to the
China would also include its strategy against climate change into its
economic and social development planning, it said.
The country would work hard to fulfil the target of reducing energy consumption for every 10,000 yuan (1,470.6 U.S. dollars) of GDP by 20 percent by 2010, raising the ratio of renewable energy to 10 percent of the total, and achieving a forest coverage of 20 percent by then, in its effort to fight the climate change.