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The Chinese government has recently announced a new Climate Change Law that represents the first step of climate change legislation, created to control and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and to foster sustainable development.

This law represents the result of a long path started in 2010 with the National Development and Reform Commission, and the contribution of legal experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the China University of Politics and Law.

Experts from the team of research have admitted that the proposed law need to be implemented with stricter mechanism and instruments, stressing at the same time that China has the capability to achieve concrete and good results in this way.

After years of incessant development, the government has to face the severe degree of pollution that is affecting China with adequate measures in order to cut emissions. Chinese rapid growth has significantly damaged the environment and public health, experts say.

Moreover, the growing population exercises a great pressure on energy and resources, stressing the urgency to change the existing mode of economic expansion.

However, some experts have warned that the lack of consensus about the mechanisms to cut emissions proposed in the draft, especially about the so-called cap and trade, could represent an obstacle, hampering the achievement of future objectives. 

In relation to that, experts also highlight that the Chinese legislation is lagging behind the market, showing the importance to meet the targets of emission cuts in the near term to address the difficulties that carbon trading faces.


The gLAWcal Team

EPSEI project

Friday, 08 August2014

(Source: ChinaDialogue)