China Focus


China's environmental problems are severe and many.  These problems have left China with an acute lack of safe and usable air, quality water, and farmable land, and are extracting a serious toll on China’s delicate social, human and economic landscapes. The World Bank has estimated that approximately 10% of China's annual GDP is spent on medical bills, economic loss and disaster relief, and the proportion is growing.




Growth areas for business and employment

  • Waste collection, treatment, recycling and disposal systems and technology for municipal and industrial wastes

  • Waste management, sampling and monitoring know-how and equipment

  • Air quality control systems, equipment and technology

  • Water usage, treatment, recycling and management systems, equipment and technology for farming and industrial application

  • Water delivery and quality improvement equipment and technology

  • Environmentally-friendly clean green machinery and technology

  • Land degradation-prevention systems and technology

  • Livestock, plant and pasture varieties suitable for environmental protection and improvement, sustainable animal husbandry and reclamation of degraded land

  • Environmental and ecological protection and management training and consultancies

At present, China's environmental protection industry is unable to meet the demand of the country's rapid economic development or the need for environmental protection.  China allocated USD100 billion (more than 1% of annual GDP) in its current 10th 5-year plan (2000 - 2005) to combat environmental problems but will need to invest many billions more if China is to bring its environmental problems under control and prevent an ecological meltdown.

These serious environmental problems provide tremendous opportunities for foreign companies to supply environmental products, services and technology and invest in China’s environmental sector to help improve China’s ecological system.

China plans to spend $85 billion to meet its environmental goals for its 2001 - 2005 Five-Year Plan. For the 2008 Olympics alone, China intends to spend $12 billion on environmental projects (Office of Environmental Technologies Industries, US Department of Commerce, 2004). Demand in the Chinese environmental market is growing rapidly at over 10% annually (Export Development Canada, 2004). For example, projected demand in just the sector of energy efficient technologies is estimated at some $200 billion over the next decade. 





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