Delegates call for efficiency in environmental management


“(We are) determined to treat the serious contamination in atmosphere, water and soil and let our practical action bring hope to our people,” Wen Jiabao, the outgoing premier, stated in his 2013 Government Work Report in response to the mounting public concerns about aggravating environmental issues in China.

With regard to the report, some delegates attending the ongoing two sessions, pointed out Chinese government has never loosened regulations on the environmental management and the proof is, for the past decade, China has allocated at least 4,000 billion yuan for the cause.

Then, why is the pollution problem exacerbated instead of relieved?

Some delegates agreed the huge capital investment into environmental managements has not been utilized wisely. And so they proposed increasing the input while also improving the efficiency in handling pollution.

Local protectionism—the reason behind notorious inefficiency

It has been reported that in September 2012, an inspection by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that a Guangdong subsidiary of Sinopec was discharging waste water through the rainwater system, while another subsidiary of the state-owned big business even arbitrarily removed its equipment for treating sewage.

According to some delegates, the local governments still put undue emphasis on gross domestic productgrowth and so they would purposely neglect or even help cover local enterprises’ slothful ‘efforts’ in reducing pollution—it has become an open secret.

“Expensive environmental protection equipment would just ‘stay there and do nothing’, or they will be activated only when the inspection officials show up. Some unscrupulous companies, even if they are fully equipped, are doing secretive waste discharge to save operational expenses on the equipments,” GuoXiangdong, a NPC deputy and board chair of DongzhaoChangtai Group, said, suggesting that China should form an efficient mechanism for managing pollution.

In Guo’s view, the current efforts put into the cause of controlling pollution must be more systematic and coordinated in order to work well.

Hard and fast rule to regulate more input into the environment

“The foremost job now is to set up hard and fast rule for environmental management input. Although we are the second largest economy in the world, the input into environment only occupies a tiny proportion of GDP. The share should be larger,” said Wu Xiaoqing, a CPPCC member and deputy Minister of Environmental Protection.

Some delegates advised the input could be elevated to the 2% or 3% of GDP in the coming decade. “The current input is apparently insufficient,” said Han Chang’an, a NPC deputy and board chair of Shanxi Lubao New Energy Group, considering“China is developing so fast and pollution problems are getting so pressing.”  
The NPC Standing Committee has promulgated over 30 laws for curbing pollution, while the problem is all the laws failed to be implemented well, noted Li Jianbao, a NPC deputy and principal of Hainan University, who motioned for the government to rigidly punish those illegal practices that would further deteriorate our environment.

“Only in that way, we could forever end the era of heavy pollution,” said Li Jianbao.

@郑福来[Beijing]: No punishment, no responsibility, so inefficiency and fraud would naturally come along.

@东郭先生不许冒名[Beijing]:How was the 4,000 billion yuan spent? And how much is spent on official receptions?

@真诚相待的朋友[Shenzhen, Guangdong]: Villages are especially severely polluted and it’s hard to find ponds with clean water inside, as in the old days.


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