Supported by AmCham Environment & Sustainability Committee, organized by The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Chinese Authorities are increasingly shifting their focus from permitting of industrial facilities to ensuring operational compliance.
Plant Managers at industrial facilities in China have long known that failing to abide by environmental standards set by Ministry of Environmental Protection
(MEP) is unlikely to land them in hot water. With few resources available to monitor facilities themselves, local authorities have generally left industrial facilities to self-report discharges to the environment with minimal supervision. The result has been a steady deterioration in the environment that has accompanied China’s industrial development. That changed earlier this year. Self-reporting is out and Central Government Inspections are in as China’s MEP gets tough on polluting facilities.
In the first three quarters of 2017, almost 29,000 violations were issued under the new Environmental Protection Law. Penalties include plant shutdowns, confiscation of company property and fines. Local officials and managers (both at Chinese and foreign facilities) were detained. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2017, almost 6,500 industrial facilities were ordered to suspend or shutdown operations across the country. Almost 6,300 administrative detentions were ordered, a year-on-year increase of 170%. In Shanghai alone, over 21,000 inspections were conducted between January and October 2017.
Join us to hear from ERM China as they explain the scope and impact of these changes, and how you can comply and protect your business.*Breakfast included**Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club. No jeans or sports shoes