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Green Development For A Beautiful China

The Minister of Environmental Protection Ganjie Li outlined the MEP’s achievements and future plans at the 19th People’s Congress. China Water Risk’s Xu shares key takeaways … more

What ‘Xi’s Thought’ Means For Water

One key message from Xi Jinping at the 19th National Congress was harmony between environment & economic growth, surely this bodes well for water? China Water Risk’s Feng Hu reviews … more

China’s River Chiefs: Who Are They?

River chiefs were first implemented in 2007 following a pollution incident. Now, by 2018 all of China’s rivers/lakes will have river chiefs. How will this work & what do they do? China Water Risk’s Yuanchao Xu expands … more

Toxic Phones: China Controls the Core

We review CLSA U®’s report which warns that transitional risks are abound as China says no to pollution and yes to a high tech future. What are the top-5 ‘bewares’? China Water Risk’s Debra Tan expands
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Electronic Brands: Sustainable Or Not?

The new CLSA U® report cautions that despite looming risks, brands’ strategies point to focus on short-term profits instead of sustainability. CWR’s Woody Chan looks at action from recycling to obsolescence … more

At A Glance: Water Risk Dashboard

Need to gauge water risks across your operations, suppliers or investees at a glance? China Water Risk’s Hubert Thieriot expands on a new dashboard for exactly that – check it out! … more

GPC: Smart Subsidies For Renewables

China’s current subsidy system for renewable energy is overburdened. However, China Water Risk’s Yuanchao Xu sees positive change ahead with the recent initiation of Green Power Certificate trading … more

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

No Safe Haven For Polluters

As affluent eastern Chinese provinces are cleaning-up, companies are relocating to inland provinces with more lenient regulations. China Water Risk’s Hubert Thieriot explores this pollution haven effect & why it can be a short-sighted strategy

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Pearl River Delta: 5 Water Must-Knows

China’s Pearl River Delta generates 9% of GDP but water challenges lurk behind the dazzling economic success. Don’t know what these are? China Water Risk’s Feng Hu shares 5 water must-knows for the region … more

Water Footprint: Why It Matters

Despite growing recognition, water footprint is not without its detractors & criticisms have come from economists & life-cycle scholars. Check out 5 reasons why we think the concept is still relevant … more

Wastewater: Good To The Last Drop

Happy World Water Day! In the year of wastewater, we look at China’s management of the ‘waste’. Plus, what does the 13FYP hold? Action; given rising wastewater discharge & low re-use rates … more

Blue Skies & 13FYP Green Development

Air pollution and the battle on “blue skies” was by far the major environmental focus at China’s Two Sessions. Water and soil are no less important but yet softer and more general targets were set for them. See our review for the key takeaways … more

Key Water Policies 2016 – 2017

Missed out on the key water and water-related policies in China over the last year? Get up to speed with China Water Risk Dawn McGregor’s review, including the latest on the water law … more

5 Trends For 2017: The Year Of The Rooster

The Rooster crows a new pecking order as China leads the global climate fight & drives structural changes at home. Stay on top with our 5 trends and make sure you are not walking on eggshells but laying golden eggs … more

5 Regulatory Trends: From Enforcement To Finance

Since 2016, China’s environmental policy landscape has undergone a series of important changes. CWR’s Xu summarises key regulations & 5 trends you need to know, from greater enforcement to green finance … more

Dug-Up In China: The World’s Critical Raw Materials

China is the largest global supplier of many critical raw materials but growing domestic demand could mean it becomes a net importer. How will other countries secure these materials that are key to a low carbon future? China Water Risk’s Hongqiao Liu explores China’s direction in the 13FYP … more

Can APAC Lead In Adaptation Finance?

After attending two key climate conferences, including COP 22, CWR’s Hu shares why adaptation financing in APAC is crucial, especially since it’s lagging. Plus, how the private sector can lead … more

Water PPPs To Lead In China

All new water & wastewater projects in China need to follow the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. Will this mean big change and how have other water-related projects been funded in China? China Water Risk’s Yuanchao Xu takes a look … more

8 Things To Know About Recycling Water

Recycling water could alleviate some of China’s water challenges. Yet, only 10% of its treated wastewater is recycled. Not sure what reclaimed water is? Check out China Water Risk’s 8 things you should know … more

2016 World Water Week: Key Takeaways

Business, risk assessment & linkages with SDG 6 were key issues at World Water Week 2016, fitting given the theme “Water for Sustainable Growth”. China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor on our three key takeaways from Stockholm … more

Can We Build A Clean & Smart Future On Toxic Rare Earths?

Almost all smart, green & clean tech need rare earths to work, but mining & processing these are highly polluting. Lead author Liu of China Water Risk’s new report: “Rare Earths: Shades Of Grey” explores this paradox. It is time to rethink our clean & smart future … more

Rare Earth Black Market: An Open Dirty Secret

The black market exacerbates environmental pollution from rare earth mining in China. With low prices, depleted reserves and contaminated drinking water, find out if your smartphone, tablet or electric car is party to this. Hongqiao Liu expands … more

China’s Water Resource Tax Reform

The recently launched water resource tax reform will ultimately supersede the existing resource fee system. China Water Risk’s Yuanchao Xu on how the two systems compare and why Hebei is taking lead as the pilot city … more

China’s Soil Ten

With ~1/5 of China’s farmland polluted, the Soil Ten Plan could not come sooner. See impacts to the “Hateful Eight” polluting industries & get the distilled version of the 231 actions in our review … 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

Quantifying Water Risk: What’s My Number?

Industries are exposed to water risks but financial valuation of such risks remain elusive. China Water Risk’s Thieriot reviews existing quantification tools & methods and highlights gaps that need to be filled to put a number on water risks … more

Key Water Policies 2015 – 2016

Over the last year China has released multiple of key water-related policies ranging from tackling the war on pollution, monitoring, food & energy security, green finance to promoting circular economies and more. Stay on top of them with China Water Risk’s review … more

China Water Risk’s 5 Trends for 2016

Prioritizing environment alongside employment signals a reshuffle. To show it’s serious, China will “kill a chicken to warn the monkey”. The Year of the Monkey brings with it wild swings, so check out our top 5 trends in water for 2016 for it is better to be in a position to disrupt than be disrupted … more

Be Green and Prosper

With increased fines, penalties and jail sentences, China Water Risk’s McGregor & Liu expand on China’s push towards ‘all things green’. Also hear from top business leaders in China on why it pays to be green to prosper … more

COP21: What Paris Means For China

All eyes are on China, the largest contributor to global emissions as it transitions to a low carbon future. See what Paris means for China from carbon trading, peak emissions to carbon-intensive industries … more

COP21: 5 Takeaways from Paris

The Paris Agreement signals that the threat is real. Time is running out, especially for water. Inaction means growing costs and with financial risks across sectors also on the rise, CWR’s Thieriot shares key takeaways from COP21 … more

Brands To Buy Over Christmas?

CWR’s McGregor reviews the top and laggard brands for green supply chains in China according to round two of the Corporate Information Transparency Index report. See which brands made which list … more

8 Planet-Friendly Gifting Tips

Make this Christmas your best one yet for you but also the planet with China Water Risk’s McGregor & Thieriot’s 8 planet-friendly gift & lifestyle tips that Santa & Rudolph will approve of … 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

China’s Economy: Linear to Circular

China is the 3rd country globally to enact polices to move towards a circular economy. See how & why China needs to make this transition; which industries are affected, what is the role of industrial parks? … more

Water Ten: Comply Or Else

China’s new Water Ten Plan sets tough action on pollution prevention & control. While this is good for the water sector, less obvious is who or which sectors will be impacted. China Water Risk’s Tan on why China is serious about its fast & furious pollution reforms to propel China to a new norm … more

Towards Water & Energy Security

China Water Risk published report titled “Towards A Water & Energy Secure China”. Tough choices lie ahead in power expansion with limited water. Find out what strategies are employed and get a comprehensive overview of water risk exposure across China’s power landscape … 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

Sustainable China: 8 Behavioural Guidelines

China is moving to more sustainable development including how she behaves, like more walking, less meat and less golf. Here are China Water Risks’s 8 favourite behavioural guides from China. … more

Pollution Prevention: What’s The Plan?

The ‘Water Ten’, expected to be released during the National People’s Congress 2015 hasn’t been. So, what’s Beijing’s plan with pollution so clearly on everyone’s mind; though mainly air pollution with “Under the Dome”? CWR’s Dawn McGregor and Hongqiao Liu expand … more

China Water Risk’s 5 Trends for 2015

As China moves to re-balance its economy and environment, Beijing will shepherd the nation towards water, food & security. For the Year of the Goat, it is better to be the surefooted goat than the sacrificial lamb so check out our top 5 trends in water for 2015 … 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

Climate Risks: Are We Ready?

Climate change is high on the global agenda, especially with COP 21 at the end of this year and yet we still face major stumbling blocks. See CWR’s key takeaways from various 2014 climate conferences from climate tools, regional resiliency plans, legacy issues to limited climate funding … more

Water Stewardship: Actions Must Match Risk

Despite acknowledgement of water risks, 58% of companies in CDP’s 2014 Global Water report do not have a public commitment to water. We expand on actions needed in China & globally to match the risk … more

Pollution: It Doesn’t Pay to be Naughty

State Council wants to use the enforcement of law & regulation “to force the economy to transform and upgrade”. See how violation cost surges with daily fines, new standards & discharge permit trading in a bid to push China to go clean … more

China’s Hidden Water Flows

Prof Hubacek & Dr. Feng contributing authors of ”Virtual Scarce Water in China” share key findings. Find out why developed but water-scarce regions like Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai are contributing to the country’s water depletion … 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

Brand Rankings Through A Chinese Lens

See how global and local brands rank across 8 sectors in terms of their supply chain’s environmental impact in this review of the new Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) report by IPE & NRDC … more

5 Takeaways from Aquatech China 2014

How real is China’s war on pollution? Will it translate into a growing domestic water market? See what local & foreign industrial leaders have to say in Shanghai … more

Heavy Metals & Agriculture

Check out China Water Risk’s overview of the status of heavy metals discharge into wastewater, priority provinces, overlap with agriculture sown lands, crops exposed and industries targeted for clean-up … more

Thirsty Clouds & Smartphones

Thought you were being more environmentally friendly by accessing emails online rather than printing them, think again! Check out how water thirsty & energy hungry our cloud addiction is … more

The War on Water Pollution

Premier Li Keqiang has just declared war on pollution. Tan expands on the government’s stratagems & offensives and fundamental changes required to shore up the MEP’s arsenal in order to wage a successful war … more

MEP Reform: From Mountaintop to Ocean?

The MEP is currently regarded as too weak to punish polluters due to dispersed authority & overlapping functions. Given the ‘war on pollution’, is reform to make a Super MEP necessary to improve China’s ‘mountains, water, forest, farmland & lakes’? … more

2013-2014 Key Water Policies Review

Haven’t been following China’s Three Red Lines strategy to protect water? Given the war on pollution, check out our summary of key water policies from 2013 to 2014 … more

Technology at a Price

This Christmas have you considered the environmental pollution caused by your new smart phone? An investigation by the Green Choice Alliance, found many IT company suppliers guilty of polluting China’s third largest freshwater lake … 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

Cancer Villages: Toxic Tipping Point?

With official recognition of cancer villages in 2013, we reviewed 255 media reports of such villages to look at their spread and industries that may be responsible. Is this the start of a long costly road to clean up? … more

2012 Review & 5 Trends for 2013

Not sure what happened in 2012? Read our review and find out what our top 5 water trends are for the Year of the Snake. Will we be bogged down or will we slide ahead? … more

Water Fees & Quotas: Set for Economic Growth?

Debra Tan reviews the new joint standard on water pricing and new provincial quotas on water use, water efficiency and water quality released in January 2013 … more

China: No Water, No Power

HSBC asks if China has enough water to fuel its power expansion as China plans to add more than the total installed power capacity of the US, UK & Australia by 2030. … more

The Rise of Protests & Reputational Risk

With a recent survey indicating over 500 protests daily, Lisa Genasci examines the reasons for the rise and the role and impact of environmental protests in China today. … 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

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

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

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

Green Electronics? Not Quite Yet. And Where is Apple?

Greenpeace released the results of its third-annual green electronics survey. All but Apple and Phillips of the 21companies contacted agreed to be ranked on three criteria; removing toxic substances, responsible take-back of their end-of-life products and energy efficiency. Access the report and find out more. … 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

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