China carry out a second round of central environmental inspections 05-16-2018

China will be undergoing the second round of central environmental inspections during 2018, according to Chinese government officials. In addition, special inspections will also be in place to follow enterprises' efforts in rectifications and further ensure the fulfilment of responsibilities.


The environmental protection measurements of China’s government have led to a supply shortage of several products, especially in heavy polluting industries like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Many Chinese enterprises are running on low production rate, due to the enforced environmental protection measurements by the government. While the first round of environmental inspections has been finished, companies have to expect the second round soon. 

Environmental regulations have posed significant impacts on the domestic industry in 2017. China's environmental policies always work well in regulating the market. Stringent administration helps cut out small-sized or even unlicensed producers and favours the development of leading enterprises. 

An official of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in China has stated that the second round of environmental inspections would start in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in three years. Minister Li Ganjie has furthermore announced, that 31 provinces have been covered in 2017, and almost 30,000 enterprises were punished during the inspections for violations of environmental protection. According to market intelligence firm CCM, the fine totalled USD224.60 million. Over 18,000 individuals were involved in the punishment. He added, this year, special inspections will be organised as a way of examining how enterprises rectify their problems so as to supervise the fulfilment of responsibilities of all parties.

According to market intelligence form CCM, large enterprises have complete pollutant discharge disposal facility and environmental equipment, plus the rising pesticide prices compared to their small and medium-sized competitors, so they won't face such great pressure in 2018.

In April, a number of environmental pollution issues were reported in Jiangsu, Hunan, Anhui, and Hubei provinces. Enterprises in these provinces were found either with new environmental pollution issues or not well rectifying the problems discovered in the previous inspections. Officials from Jincheng and Yangquan cities of Shanxi Province, and Handan City, Hebei Province were interviewed in regard to air pollution control and prevention.

At the end of April, the MEE announced the full implementation of the system of Double Randomness, One Open. It will be common that officials of one place conducted inspections at another, and more civil servants are expected to be involved in this. In 2017, the system was established nationwide. A total of 2,960 dynamic information bases for the administration of pollution sources were built, with 809,500 enterprises covered; 2,428 environmental law-enforcement officer information bases have been established, with 46,800 officials included.

The MEE is showing to the public its determination to improve the quality of the environment. Jiangsu and Shandong provinces have also successively carried out special environmental actions, and the prices of multiple chemical products surged as a result.

The first round of environmental inspections has come to the end in China. Due to the policy, many enterprises which failed to meet environmental standards have been ordered to suspend production or closed completely; as a result, the supply of related products or raw materials tightened.

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The information for this article comes from CCM, China’s leading market intelligence provider for the fields of chemicals, agriculture, food and feed.

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