CHINA DEPLOYS GREEN ‘SWAT TEAMS’ TO MEET CLIMATE GOALS

In an attempt to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy development, China’s government is deploying environmental “SWAT teams” to impose strict new pollution rules in an effort to wean itself off coal and meet December’s Paris climate accord.

China’s latest strategy has been labelled, the “greenest five-year plan ever,” and to meet its environmental goals, the government has promised to deal with a heavy hand, polluters as well as mete out swift punishment if they continue to pollute under the newly amended environmental protection laws.

Stakeholders believe such types of strict enforcement actions as introducing the SWAT teams for spot checks, are expected to increase as the state-owned fossil fuel companies are likely to resist the strict, new, environmental and coal-reduction rules. The private sector may also resist the new development.

Although it has been pointed out that one of the bigger challenges will be cutting emissions from its growing transportation sector where cars and increased urbanization are increasing vehicle emissions, China reducing its dependence on oil will play an important role as the gas emissions from coal has been balanced recently from  China’s oil consumption.

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