27 Mar 2014

The Implement of Chinese Environmental Policy

W writes:*

So far, China is emitting the most carbon dioxide in the world. The Chinese government is saying that we have to lower the carbon dioxide. However, as the local governments carry out, local officers are implementing it in different purpose other than corruption.

As my family experience, the local officers in order to achieve the goal of reducing carbon dioxide, they shut down the electricity of the entire industry park in town, for example, every Monday, and Wednesday. Therefore, the factories could not produce any more during Mondays and Wednesdays. No production, no pollution, very “brilliant” decision. Actually, it is impossible for factories to stop working. They have their own generators. Generators burn diesels, then a shortage of diesels occurred.

That’s how the officers achieve their goal to reduce carbon dioxide. On the surface, the carbon dioxide is reduced because of no production. Statistical bureau collect data from local government not from individual factories. In fact, the pollution is even more, individual generators can’t be as efficient as power plant. We have to find out a way that can really help to reduce the pollution.

Bottom Line: The policy of reducing carbon dioxide is actually increasing carbon dioxide.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.


Anonymous said...

extensive margin is the easy one :)

8307 said...

It is really bad to know that the local government is trying to reduce emission of carbon dioxide only "on surface", as I remember , this is not the first time that local government deceives. A few years ago,I read from the news that in order to achieve their goal of afforesting the mountains, the local government painted the mountain green. It is hard to understand why sometimes the local governments are trying to cheat, maybe there is a profit chain that the public can't see makes local officers forget what they should do. Fortunately, nowadays citizens are more concerned about the carbon dioxide pollution and the misfeasance of local governments, I hope this kind problem will be solved. When citizens are involved to supervise local government's action, the environmental policy will be implemented to really help with the pollution problem.

9625 said...

I believe the cause you have provided happens only in smaller factories because of the large need for plenty of energy, something which is impossible to generate from individual generators. The Chinese government has emissions regulations for factories but the emission allowance is set lower than in other major countries. I agree with you this is true, and also that the local government has made up some data to give to the central government. You should provide some meaningful way to both reduce the pollution levels and develop some regulations for industry to follow.

Environmental-Equipment, Inc. said...

With the terrible environmental degradation problems facing China's air, water and soil, carbon emissions should take a backseat until they can stop turning their country into a cesspool their immediate environment.

6839 said...

This is a common problem in China. Small factories use their own generators to continue working, in fact, it produce more CO2. But I don't think China can get rid of this situation. China as a developing country in the world need these small manufactory to improve the economy. As the author said "No production, no pollution", we can say that no production, no develop.
I agree that the way officers in Chinese government achieve their goal to reduce carbon dioxide is unacceptable.

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