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As eastern China’s air quality improves rapidly, 69 cities in central and western...

Press release | 2016-04-20 at 11:11

Beijing, 20 April, 2016 – Greenpeace East Asia’s city rankings for the first quarter of 2016 show significant improvements in average air quality in 362 cities across the country. The improvements are particularly rapid in eastern China’s three...

Data shows China’s economy is breaking free from coal - Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-04-15 at 13:11

Beijing, 15 April, 2016 - A trove of data on economic performance in the first quarter of 2016, released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics this morning, shows that while China’s overall economy saw some improvement, coal use and CO2...

China begins to suspend coal-fired power plant approvals, Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-03-24 at 19:20

Beijing, 24 March, 2016 - Chinese media today reported that the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered 13 provincial governments to suspend approvals of new coal-fired power plant projects until the end of 2017. [1] Another...

Greenpeace: In spite of China’s overcapacity crisis, 210 new coal fired power plants...

Press release | 2016-03-02 at 14:00

Beijing, 2 March, 2016 – An updated Greenpeace East Asia report has found that in 2015 a total of 210 new coal fired power plants were granted environmental permits, in spite of the sector’s severe overcapacity problem. Moreover, the rate at...

China’s CO2 emissions continued to fall in 2015 – Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-02-29 at 15:18

Beijing, 29 February, 2016 – Statistics released today by the National Bureau of Statistics show that a fall in China’s coal consumption and CO2 emissions continued for a second year in a row 2015. The fall in coal use over past two years was...

Greenpeace reaction to the Beijing government’s issuing of a severe pollution red alert

Press release | 2015-12-08 at 15:28

Beijing, December 8, 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia notes the positive step the Beijing city government has taken in issuing a red alert for severe pollution (defined as a period when AQI is over 200 and predicted to last more than 3 days), a move...

China submits post-2020 climate targets

Press release | 2015-06-30 at 23:27

Paris/Beijing, 30 June, 2015 – China submitted a carbon intensity reduction target of 60-65% by 2030, based on 2005 levels, to the UN as part of its climate plan (INDC), according to media reports. The announcement came as Chinese premier Li...

Korean Internet giant Naver commits to 100% renewable energy - Greenpeace

Press release | 2015-06-03 at 16:24

Seoul, 3 June, 2015 – Naver, the Korean internet search giant and parent company of social media platform Line, has promised to power its data center in Korea with 100% renewable energy, following the global trend set by Google, Apple, Facebook...

Greenpeace activists demand end to record breaking Beijing pollution

Press release | 2014-10-11 at 14:41

Beijing, 10 October 2014 - Air pollution in Beijing today broke a new record, with “hazardous levels” lasting more than 50 hours for the first time this year. Fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5 measured over 15 times safe levels set by the...

World’s biggest coal company Shenhua to stop exploiting groundwater in China

Press release | 2014-04-08 at 0:00

Beijing – The Shenhua Group, the world's biggest coal producer by volume, is to stop extracting groundwater for their flagship coal-to-liquid project in Inner Mongolia’s Ordos - an area struggling with severe water shortages affecting farmers and...

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