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N° 6  December 2004 38 p.  224 kb
  This end of year's highlight is certainly the popularization of renewable energy as a result of the recent energy crisis. Today, as this letter is published, the National People's Congress is debating a law -that might become effective in June 2005- that will set obligations for the production of renewable energies. Needless to say, this is also good news for many Western companies.But it is also accompanied by increased focus on research in these fields (see for example below article on fuel cell car research).

Another topic of interest is the lifting by WTO of quotas on textile trade.
Last month, we were reporting on the study financed by SECO on the impact of WTO on the environment and related recommendations (see also "Le Temps", December 28). Textile was one focus industry, because of the impact of tis water discharge. As China is currently focussing on textile policy, the recommendations of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development have a chance to be considered. China is introducing export taxes on textile categories which will encourage lower end industries(see article below) to produce more competitive products and therefore encourage the use of better textile machinery, typically energy-efficient and less polluting.

 

   
N° 5  November 2004 47 p.  431 kb
  This month, the newsletter n° 5 includes a list of FP6 open research calls. Substantial FP6 funds are available to finance joint-research between Swiss, Chinese and European teams, in topics ranging from bio-technology to IT, from nano-technology to environment.

This month's highlights in Science & Technology is the very succesful Sino-Swiss Biotechnology workshop that was held in Canton, jointly organized by ETH, the China National Center for Biotechnology Development, and the Science & Technology section of the Embassy of Switzerland and sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education & Research (SER) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. About 60 Swiss and Chinese researchers from all over both countries gathered to exchange ideas and discuss cooperation. Sino-Swiss cooperation in bio-technology is further demonstrated by an article on Novartis (see below), one month after Roche's inauguration of its Shanghai Research Center was reported on.

This months' highlights regarging China's environment is the publication of the drafted Renewable Energy law, one month ofter the draft Law on eWaste. Further important moves by the Chinese government is its signature of the Stockhom convention and its implementation of the Kyoto protocol.

The China Council on International Cooperation of Environment and Development, a high level international government advisory body, chaired by Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan, heald its yearly meeting with the Chinese government. This year's advice focuses on agriculture, and one Task Force financed by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economy (SECO) and co-led by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, produced a report "An Environmental Impact Assessment of China's WTO Accession - An analysis of six sectors" and related recommendations. The report, available with ziwen.zhu@eda.admin.ch and soon on
www.eda.admin.ch/beijing,
actually analysed at one shot the following sectors: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Energy, Automobiles and Textiles. In a nutshell, key recommendations produced by that taskforce are an agricultural policy that integrates environmental and sustainability considerations, distinguishing between labour intensive versus resource intensive production (e.g. fruits and vegetables versus cereals), and integrating the trade dimension. Besides, the taskforce analysed opportunities that WTO membership creates for the Chinese government in terms of environmental standards. As an example, "In Europe and Japan, Euro IV or its equivalent has been applied. The price of such cars in the world market is comparable to the Chinese ones. Therefore, immediate enforcement of Euro IV would not create losses to the producers and consumers" (source: "An Environmental Impact Assessment of China's WTO Accession - An analysis of six sectors").

Sino-Swiss cooperation in the field of environment develops further with 3 new projects in Sichuan province financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: the sustainable development of Eco-tourism, the ecological environment of Yangzi river, and the water environment of the upper stream area of Min and Tuo Rivers. Please download this document:
Western Route of South to North Water Diversion Project
(pdf, 2 p., 190 kb)

 

   
N° 4 October 2004 32 p. 182 kb
 

This month’s newsletter’s key event, besides important events in R&D, some of which in direct connection with Switzerland, is the Swiss Confederation (SECO)- sponsored Shandong EST (Environmentally Sound
Technologies) Center’s (SESTPC) signature of a cooperation agreement with China Everbright Bank. The latter will conduct the official financial assessments of the companies selected and therefore contribute to the
EST feasibility studies driven by SESTPC.

It is clear from the press that China’s energy crisis is helping clean energies as a future solution. The yearly meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development - an international group advising the central government - which started on October 31st and which will be reported on in the next newsletter, also confirmed the central government’s interest on this topic.

The China Association of Machinery Industries - which depends on the very influencial State Development and Research Commission - is working on developing contacts with foreign environmental industries with various objectives related to the acquisition of technologies by China. They are planning to publish a guidebook offering a comprehensive presentation of foreign technologies and producers “Overview of Foreign Environmental Protection Industry“. Information on this publication is attached separately in the mailing. We recommend that interested companies or associations contact us or CUI Dejian, Deputy Head China, SOFI (Swiss Organisation for Facilitating Investments, dejian.cui@sofi.ch) for updated information on this project.

 

   
N° 3 September 2004 40 p. 146 kb
 

This month’s newsletter’s highlight are 2 contributions of Switzerland to the field of environment:
- the signature of an agreement between the Swiss and the Chinese government to develop Guiyang’s first wastewater treatment plant with a Swiss mixed credit
- the visit to Switzerland of JING Zhenshu, China’s vice-minister of Water Resources

 

   
N° 2 August 2004 26 p. 138 kb
N° 1 July 2004 40 p. 146 kb
       

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