Last year, Greenpeace decided to do something we had never done before during our 13 years of work in China: target and confront a state owned coal company.
And not just any company. The biggest and boldest, a Chinese government favorite: Shenhua - the largest coal company by volume on the planet.
We discovered that Shenhua’s subsidiary had been over-using water for their coal facility in Inner Mongolia, one of the most arid areas of China and confronted them with the evidence.
First we faced the censorship of our report but now, a year later, we have finally got a result.
On April 4 2014, Shenhua met with Greenpeace to say that they have agreed to many of our demands. In particular, Shenhua said they would stop taking water from the area where farmers had been left with failed crops and dried up lakes.
It’s a small victory - yet it could send shockwaves around the world, since nobody has ever done this before.