The Beijing municipal development and reform authorities will
carry out checks on local enterprises in a bid to boost clean
production that serve the improvement of local environment and
The municipal government has issued a regulation concerning
enterprises' clean production that will help enforce the National
Provisional Measures on Clean Production Examination made by the
State Council in October 2004, said Zhang Yanyou, an official with
the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.
The local regulation requires enterprises with heavy discharge
of pollutants in their production to conduct internal checks in two
months and then make necessary changes to pass the clean production
check in a year, China Daily quotes Zhang as saying at a
press conference on Tuesday.
The government will give financial assistance to expensive
renovations that are needed.
Fei Xiang, another official with the commission, said about 500
million yuan (US$62 million) would be allotted this year to help
small and medium-sized enterprises to realize clean production.
Those enterprises that pass the check in one year will be
eligible to apply for the title of "Environment-friendly
According to Zhang, Beijing started to build clean production
projects in 1993. So far, the city has carried out 1,250 clean
production projects in 55 enterprises.
"The new regulation will be a substantial step in our efforts to
turn the capital into a resource-saving and environment-friendly
metropolis," Zhang said.
(Xinhua News Agency April 19, 2006)