Environmental transparency in 120 Chinese cities revealed
by China Water Risk 11 June, 2014
9 June, 2014, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released the results of their 2013-2014 annual assessment of the Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) of 120 key environmental cities in China.
The results (in order):
Top 10: Ningbo, Beijing, Qingdao, Zhenjiang, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Changzhou, Yangzhou
Bottom 10: Kunming, Linfen, Harbin, Jinzhou, Deyang, Shaoguan, Jilin, Yuxi, Yangquan, Datong
- Environmental protection supervision and information management in those 120 cities still need improvement
- Breakthroughs have been achieved in the disclosure of real-time pollution date and of full environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports.
- Four main areas of improvement:
- Shandong, Zhejiang and several other provinces’ online monitoring platforms are already capable of hourly publication;
- Ningbo, Beijing and other key cities’ daily monitoring information disclosure has become regular;
- 42 cities (including Beijing, Tianjin and Yancheng) have begun to implement disclosure of full EIA reports; and
- Shandong, Hunan and other local environmental protection bureaus have begun using Weibo and other similar tools to interact with the public.
- Several deficiencies in environmental information disclosure were found:
- Public participation in EIAs is difficult to implement,
- Disclosure of industrial emissions data is very limited.
The full report is available here.