Five years’ enforcement of China’s new environment law: strictest protection, bigger legal responsibility

The Environment Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is called the strictest environment protection law in China ever since. It further clarifies the government’s supervision and management duties on environment protection, improves basic environment protection systems, such as ecological red line, pollutant cap control etc. It also strengthe

The Environment Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is called the strictest environment protection law in China ever since. It further clarifies the government’s supervision and management duties on environment protection, improves basic environment protection systems, such as ecological red line, pollutant cap control etc. It also strengthens punishment on environment violations by continuous daily fines, production limitation, and suspension.

As one of the legislators of the new law, Professor Zhou Ke from Renmin University of China, said the “strictness” of the new environment protection law could be shown from three aspects: ecological source protection system, environmental damage compensation, and government environmental accountability system.

Data show that since the implementation of the new environmental protection law, significant accomplishments have been made in combating environmental violations. In 2018, there were 186,000 cases of environmental administrative punishment nationwide, an increase of 124% from the 83,000 in 2014. In addition, the total number of fines imposed by the National Environmental Administration Division in 2018 reached 15.28 billion yuan, an increase of 382% from 3.17 billion yuan in 2014.

Source: en.people.cn

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