Six leading firms and organizations established an environmental remediation industrial union during a forum held in Beijing on Tuesday.
John Stewart Morgan, BP China general manager of refining business, introduced BP's strategy in environmental protection in China in a forum in Beijing on Tuesday. [Photo by Jiao Meng]
The union will be committed to exploring development strategy, advancing industrial standards and promoting cooperation between up and down stream enterprises.
Co-organized by Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) and BP China, the two-day forum attracted over 300 officials, industry professionals and researchers, with the aim of promoting the development and standardization of environmental remediation in China.
Li Shufeng, vice general manager of BCEG Environmental Remediation Co, explained the reason his firm began pioneering this field in 2007.
"When we constructed subway line five in Beijing in 2004, three workers were injured by poisoning gas leaked underground where a chemical factory used to exist. That accident raised awareness of potential environmental dangers and made us begin considering solutions," he said.
Remediation refers to the restoration of a contaminated environmental site to a condition that is not a threat to human health or other life forms, according to the University of Kentucky.
In the 12th Five-year Plan period, the Chinese central government is committed to addressing soil and groundwater contaminations, while fostering environmental remediation industries as a strategic emerging industry.