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Shandong plays leading role in environmental protection via “Top Runner” system

2017/7/26 15:05:19   source:Sdchina.com

Since 2003, Shandong has launched 71 local standards on environmental protection, with a preliminary environmental standard system being in place, according to a news conference held yesterday.

Up to now, 64 local standards on environmental protection are in effect, among which 24 are about pollutant discharge, 6 environment monitoring, 32 management practices and 2 standards’ drafting and revising.

Speaking highly of the stricter local standards on environmental protection in recent years, Wang Qing, head of the technology division of Shandong Provincial Environmental Protection Department, said those standards highlight the necessity, predictability, guidance and coerciveness on pollution control of enterprises, and set the bar high to force enterprises to enhance innovative capability of technology and promote the industrial transformation and upgrading.

“The pollutant emissions from those high-polluting industries like papermaking have been controlled significantly. And these industries have still gained rapid development. In 2015, Shandong produced double machine-made papers and paperboards than that in 2002, with 90 percent COD cut,” said Wang Qing. “It’s a strong support for the sustainable improvement of environmental quality.”

The “Top Runner” system for environmental protection is seen as a significant leap and innovation made by Shandong in the field of environment standards. This will play an active role in turning the current mode of environmental management into the combination of bottom-line restraint with the force of example.

Next, the environmental protection authority will conduct research on the “Top Runner” system of environmental protection, extend the scope of top runners in environmental protection and provide more intensives for top runners to boost more enterprises into the leading troop.

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