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China Customs Reappraises Solid Waste Pre-Shipment Inspection Agencies
The General Administration of Customs (GAC) is to have a watching brief over all pre-shipment inspection agencies active in the imported solid waste sector, while also being responsible for overseeing all the related registration and administration procedures.
Economists' Pick 21 June 2018
Circular Economy Package Adopted, While Product Obsolescence Remains in Spotlight for Shaping of Future Laws
On 22 May 2018, EU Member State ministers voting within the Council adopted the much-touted Circular Economy Package which will apply throughout the European Union. Earlier, on 18 April 2018, the Package had been formally agreed to by the European Parliament. The Package lays down recycling targets and other requirements over the forthcoming years, setting binding requirements and strict rules on waste management.
Economists' Pick 15 June 2018
Certain Commonly Used Plastic Products to Be Banned, Others to Require Marking and Face Other Measures
On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its much debated draft law targeting single use plastics (SUPs). The future law will, it is intended, ban a number of frequently used products – such as plastic straws, cutlery and plates – from the EU market, and impose other obligations on plastic goods producers.
Economists' Pick 15 June 2018
Importers of Organic Products Will Not Face Import Fee
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has terminated a rulemaking that would have established an industry-funded promotion, research and information programme for certified organic products.
Economists' Pick 8 June 2018
Shadow of Grenfell Fire Tragedy Looms Large Over UK Building Expo
Taking place just nine months after 72 people died in a fire in a London tower block, there was an understandably sombre mood at Ecobuild, one of the UK's leading trade events for professionals in the built-environment sector.
Economists' Pick 6 June 2018
Hong Kong in EcoArt
Nature has inspired artists and poets forever, but tragically for today’s creatives, environmental degradation can spoil an otherwise perfect view.
Economists' Pick 1 June 2018
Product Registration under Revised WEEE Rules Launched in Germany
New German rules on the registration of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) considerably widen the scope of the products which have to be registered. From 15 August 2018 onwards, all EEE falls within the scope of application unless it is explicitly excluded by a statutory exemption.
Economists' Pick 1 June 2018
Fashionably Sustainable
As the second largest industrial polluter on the planet - second only to oil, the global fashion industry has much to do to clean up its act, from responsibly sourcing materials to encouraging consumers to recycle garments.
Economists' Pick 30 May 2018
Zero Sum Gain
Entrepreneur Tamsin Thornburrow opened possibly Hong Kong’s first zero-waste grocery store, Live Zero, in February 2018.
Economists' Pick 28 May 2018
A Belt and Road Windfall
Over recent years, Pakistan has invested heavily in wind power, while also enlisting Chinese backing, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) framework, to bring its new environmentally friendly facilities online.
Economists' Pick 3 May 2018
India Steps Back from Bold 2030 Electric Vehicle Adoption Deadline
Although dropping its ambitious commitment to permitting solely the sale of electric vehicles within 12 years, the country is still seeking to pursue its environmentally-friendly transport agenda, albeit at a notably more leisurely pace.
Economists' Pick 6 April 2018
INDIA: Customs Duty on Open Cell Displays Cut from 10% to 5%
The Indian government has cut the Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on imported open cell displays for LED and LCD television panels from 10% to 5%.
Economists' Pick 29 March 2018
INDIA: Up To 70% Safeguard Duty Looms Over Solar Cell Imports
A safeguard duty of up to 70% will be imposed on all solar cells imported into India from developed countries as well as from China and Malaysia for a period of 200 days if a proposal to that effect, which has been made by the country’s Directorate General of Safeguards, is accepted by the government.
Economists' Pick 29 March 2018
Parliamentarians Call for Broadening of Ecodesign Rules to Include “Obsolescence”
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the main European Parliament political groups have called for a review of EU rules on ecodesign. On 26 February 2018 the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety debated a report that was produced by MEP Frédérique Ries on the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC). The report has called for 200 amendments to be made to the Ecodesign Directive.
Economists' Pick 23 March 2018
Landslide Mitigation for the Belt and Road Multimedia
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is leading a five-year study to reduce the effects of landslides, including among China’s Belt and Road countries. HKUST’s Charles Ng says the multi-disciplinary, multinational study includes student participation in developing a world-leading standard of landslide barriers for “export” to many countries.
Multimedia 14 March 2018
New Technologies for the Construction Industry Multimedia
Hong Kong provides businesses a platform to showcase their products to other interested countries, according to Wilson Ho, Director of Acoustic Innovation Limited. In this HKTDC podcast interview, Mr Ho talks about how his patented noise reduction barrier can increase the efficiency of construction activities.
Multimedia 2 March 2018
Going Green with the World's Transport Systems Multimedia
Greener and safer vehicles to improve the world's transport systems were among the range of products featured at ECO Expo Asia 2017. Among them was Kyto Green Technologies, whose Managing Director Grayson Richards spoke to the HKTDC about the favorable reception his company has received in Hong Kong, as well as the potential business opportunities the city offers.
Multimedia 23 Feb 2018
China’s Green Shoppers: Attitudes and Beliefs Multimedia
Chinese consumers have become more environmentally conscious and more willing to buy green products, but most consumers are attracted by the personal safety and health benefits of green products.
Multimedia 22 Jan 2018
Greener City Strategies Set to Yield Economic and Social Dividends
With urban planners across the world committed to promoting higher greenery ratios, it could be that such policies prove to be far more than cosmetic, with tangible economic benefits likely for those cities that strike the right balance.
Economists' Pick 19 Jan 2018
China’s Green Shoppers: Preferences and Satisfaction Levels Multimedia
Mainland consumers’ consumption of all kinds of eco-friendly products is growing. The green items they buy most frequently are food and drinks, followed by household cleaning products.
Multimedia 18 Jan 2018
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