Title: Institutionalising cleaner production in China: the Cleaner Production Promotion Law

Authors: Arthur P.J. Mol, Ying Liu

Addresses: Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. ' 2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District 100034, Beijing, China

Abstract: During the 1990s, cleaner production was introduced in China, in the beginning especially via development aid projects. From 1992 to 1997 the focus was strongly on the introduction of cleaner production methodology, the training of personnel and the implementation of demonstration projects at the enterprise level. After 1997, the emphasis shifted to cleaner production policy-making, culminating in the Cleaner Production Promotion Law in 2002. This paper analyses the making of this unique law and provides a first assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and particularities of the first law on cleaner production.

Keywords: cleaner production; environmental regulation; People|s Republic of China; environmental policy; greening industry; Cleaner Production Promotion Law; environmental management; resource conservation; sustainable development; environmental protection; environmental pollution; pollution control.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2005.007739

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2005 Vol.4 No.3, pp.227 - 245

Published online: 07 Sep 2005 *

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