Contributor: China Water Risk
2016 State of Environment Report Review
The signs are positive for China’s environment in 2016. Groundwater quality improved after 5 years of decline though there is mixed news for rivers & lakes. Is the tide turning in China’s ‘war on pollution’? … more
2015 State of Environment Report Review
China says overall environment quality has worsened in 2015 with groundwater deteriorating for the fifth year straight. It’s mixed news for rivers but lakes & reservoirs see marked improvement. Get the latest pollution status updates from the newly released 2015 State Of Environment Report … more
2014 State of Environment Report Review
China’s overall environmental quality in 2014 was “average”, but with polluters tampering with monitoring, can we even believe this data? We take a closer look at the mixed news … more
Balancing Water For Agri & Coal
China’s coal mines lie next to its farmlands and it plans to save water used in agriculture to fuel coal growth. In “Towards a Water & Energy Secure China”, China Water Risk explores strategies to control water use between agriculture & coal to ensure both food & energy security … more
China’s Pursuit of Energy Savings
Our report “Towards A Water & Energy Secure China” shows that billions of cubic metres of water can be saved via energy savings. See why China has no choice but to pursue this strategy … more
Wind & Solar: Hidden Water Risks
China is looking at aggressive renewable expansion with wind & solar set to soar. But could this intensify toxic hidden water risks from rare earth mining? Also some solar technologies require more water than coal to generate power. We explore these hidden risks in our report “Towards A Water & Energy Secure China” … more
China Nuclear: The Future is Unclear
Will China’s nuclear ambitions be thwarted by water risks and contamination fears? China Water Risk explores inland nuclear expansion and alternative scenarios for densely populated regions in our report “Towards a Water & Energy Secure China” … more
8 Game-Changing Policy Paths
There has been a fundamental shift in planning China’s future growth with changes in regulatory landscape due to multiple polices set & changes in law. Many come into full effect in 2015. Get on top of these … more
Water Permits: How to Get Water in China
How are water total water quotas set? How can you access water in China? China Water Risk gives an overview on these and the risks associated when China’s water permit system is reformed … more
Pollution: Is the Data Real?
Inconsistencies in the recording and reporting of pollution data begs the question: is the data real? With 7,700 tonnes of lead in China’s rivers carried to the sea unaccounted for in 2011, is the real state of environment worse than we thought? … more
2013 State of Environment Report Review
MEP’s 2013 State of Environment Report says the ‘overall environmental quality was average’ but a closer look reveals mixed news, whilst discrepancies found in sets of pollution data add uncertainty of the real state of the environment … more
Leather: Time for Business Unusual
Leather is amongst the top ten most polluting industries globally. Are ‘eco-leather’ efforts ‘green’ enough given renewed attention by the Chinese government? We take a closer look at hides & tanning … more
Underground Shifts: Subsidence Review
Subsidence goes hand in hand with groundwater over-extraction. With over 400 out of the 655 cities in China reliant on groundwater, can China mitigate subsidence risk? We explore related costs such as infrastructure damage, saltwater intrusion & increased desertification … more
Water: Beijing Leads The Way
Beijing takes the lead announcing a RMB500 billion Energy Savings & Environmental Protection industry days after the national plan, with more water treatment, recycling, harvesting and pipes plus stricter monitoring of pollution … more
Environmental Law Amendment: 40 Year Set Back?
Will the proposed amendment set back China’s environmental development by forty years? Or will it be shelved? … more
Electronic Waste-Moving Mountains
Can China move its mountains of electronic waste? Read about the extent of China’s electronic waste & her attempts at finding legislative & practical solutions in this review … more
8 Things You Should Know About Water & Semiconductors
How much water does it need to produce an integrated circuit? Does the semiconductor sector pollute? Check out our eight facts about water & semiconductors … more
2012 State of Environment Report Review
The Ministry of Environmental Protection says that the “national water quality is not optimistic”. The 2012 State of Environment Report released on 4 June 2013 delivers mixed news … more
Water Water Everywhere; Only If You Share
Water is a shared, “must-have” resource with no substitute. Stand alone action is not enough to address a looming liquidity crisis. Find out how sharing is caring from CEOs to grassroots action. … more
2011-2013 Water Policies Review
Don’t know what China’s been up to on the waterfront? Check out our summary of key water policies between 2011-2013 … more
Weighed Down by ‘Gangnam Style’
With fads that come and go, we look into our need to consume by sifting through our Christmas presents for useless gifts. Can we continue giving away “silly things” given limited resources and landfill space? … more
2011 State of Environment Report Review
Good and bad news from the 2011 State of Environment Report: overall water quality improvement but freshwater lakes & the Yangtze, Hai and Liao rivers deteriorate; ground water quality remains poor … more
Disclosure: Where is China?
China Water Risk looks at the differences in water disclosure between the Top 10 Chinese & Global companies on the Fortune Top 100 Socially Responsible List … more
Winsway: Where are the Water Risks?
Given water scarcity in the areas of operation, was there sufficient disclosure in Winsway’s latest bond offering document? … more
Government Issues Stark Warning
In February 2012, the State Council took the crucial step in drawing up more concrete policies to protect and manage water. In a new water management decree, the government has introduced a system of penalties for water misuse in a … … more
2011 Year in Review & 5 Trends for 2012
Find out what’s happened in the water space in the Year of the Rabbit and check out the five trends we see continuing into 2012, the Year of the Water Dragon … more
Zero Liquid Discharge – A Real Solution?
With more companies in China moving towards Zero Liquid Discharge, China Water Risk takes a closer look at the technology, how it works and whether it will solve China’s water pollution issues. … more
8 Things You Should Know About Hong Kong Water
Is Hong Kong’s water supply guaranteed? Can you drink straight from the tap? How much bottled water does Hong Kong consume? China Water Risk sets out 8 interesting facts about Hong Kong water. … more
Can Fashion Be Green?
With Nike, Puma and Adidas committing to zero-liquid discharge by 2020, is fashion finally going green or is it all a greenwash? China Water Risk takes a look at where brands stand on pollution. … more
Apple: A New Chapter
Apple finally investigates its supply chain over complaints of pollution violations. MaJun shares with us his views on this epic 18 month battle. … more
Water Purification – A Booming Market
Water quality issues in China has brought about market boom in water purification systems. China Water Risk talks to the Asia-Pac CEO of Culligan, a global leader of such treatment. … more
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an informally governed coalition with an initial goal of developing and road testing a sustainability index. Participating organizations formed SAC believing there was opportunity for a more sustainable and innovative apparel and footwear industry … … more
China Water Risk Goes Live!
China Water Risk’s new innovative website targets business leaders and investors as looming liquidity crunch may impede China’s growth. Get the Big Picture on China’s water crisis now … more
China Water Risk: A Portrait
Don’t know anything about water risk? Read this in-depth review. Check out water challenges for each industry and be in a position to mitigate the risk. … more
Sodexo: Addressing Water Scarcity
With agriculture as the largest user and polluter of water in China, there are growing concerns over food security and raw material supply. Food giant Sodexo explains how their “Better Tomorrow Plan” moves to mitigate water risk. … more
Aquatech China : A Changing Landscape
With exhibitors up 7% from last year, Aquatech China is the largest event of its kind. China Water Risk finds out the latest trends in this fast changing space as international participation steps up in stark contrast to previous years. … more
Sustainable Leather: More Steps to go….
China exports over half the worlds leather shoes, this export industry has grown to more than USD 56 billion but during this process 249 million m3 of water is wasted. The question is raised to whether the leather industry is sustainable. … more
How Green are My Clothes?
Don’t know what’s green? check out some of the best-known eco labels and green clothes associations. … more
The Environmental Cost of Clothes
With clothing retail prices ever-lower and textiles being the 4th largest polluter in China, find out more about the industry’s global challenges around water consumption and pollution. … more
Is Water The New Carbon?
China Water Risk talked to Marcus Norton, Head of the CDP Water Disclosure to find out whether water disclosure follows The Carbon Disclosure Project. … more
China’s 12th Five-Year Plan Emphasizes Balanced Growth and Environment
China Water Risk takes a closer look at the new 12th Five-Year Plan, which aims to cut water consumption per unit of value-added industrial output by 30 percent. … more
Sustainable Stock Exchanges: A Coalition-of-the Willing?
China Water Risk looks at where China stands on water disclosure and sustainable stock exchange initiatives compared to other exchanges round the world. Disclosure landscape changing rapidly but more improvements required. As of March 2010, 175 HKEx listed companies were identified with environmental infraction records. … more
Apple China Local Environmental Activists See Red
After more than ten months of continuous pressure on Apple to answer questions about pollution issues in its supply chain, a coalition of Chinese environmental NGOs in January release findings. Their 4th IT report condemns Apple for poor environmental and safety standards in its supply chain in China. … more
Zijin Mining Spill and The Quest For Materiality
China Water Risk takes a closer look to see if investors could have factored for this environmental risks if they knew where to look… Zijin Mining has been cited for environmental violations every year since 2005. … more
Hydropower: Environmental Disaster or Climate Saver?
China Water Risk explores the trade-offs. Hydropower is a ‘double-edged sword’ for investors. Alongside emissions reductions there are significant environmental, social and governance issues to consider. … more
Engaging IT’s Elusive Giants
China Water Risk summaries the response to letters sent to 27 technology company CEOs charging them with using polluting supply chain companies, in April 2010. Corporate response is mixed, if somewhat disappointing. Only few have taken concrete steps. … more
Do Hydropower Projects Need The CDM?
Hydropower projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have come under increasing scrutiny. China Water Risks explores whether hydropower projects should be eligible for carbon credits. … more
Half Price While Supplies Last
With China raising water tariffs to address growing water scarcity issues, Hong Kong with its subsidised water fees may find itself being priced out of the competition for this increasingly scarce resource. … more
Asia’s Food Supply Chains at Risk
China Water Risk reviews World Resources Institute’s Weeding Risk, published April 2010. The report identifies potential financial impacts arising from water scarcity and climate change on publicly listed companies in the F&B sector in South and Southeast Asia. … more
New Research Highlights Health Risks Resulting From China’s Pollution
Two recent publications–The Journal of Contemporary China and an annual report by Beijing-based Friends of Nature (FON)–point to the growing problem of pollution-related health impacts in China, including the phenomenal rates of cancer and other illnesses. Concerns are being raised that inadequate data is actually underestimating the problem. … more
HKEx Could Do More to Promote Environmental Disclosure
Study by IPE, Civic Exchange, ADM Capital Foundation and China Water Risk finds 15% of companies listed on the HKEx with environmental violations on the mainland. The study calls for better disclosure of these. … more
Civic Exchange Water Study Outlines Threats to Hong Kong Water Supply
Civic Exchange released a new policy paper which raises questions about the security of Hong Kong’s water supply in the face of an increasingly unstable supply and growing competition from other users throughout the Pearl River Basin. … more