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Updates on the China Environmental Performance Index project

My first stop when I came back to Beijing was to meet with our partners at the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, who we collaborated with on the “Towards a China Environmental Performance Index” project. I was excited to hear about all of the progress they’ve made in trying to move Chinese environmental policymaking on a more data-driven path. You can read about their updates here.
In summary, they are making progress on these fronts:

– Efforts to increase government environmental performance assessments.
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection is proposing a China Environmental Performance Assessment System for implementation of the“12th Five-Year Plan,” which establishes policy goals and governs development programs for China from 2011-2015, and plans to increase the number and diversity of environmental health indicators measured at the provincial level.

– Efforts to monitor the impact of Chinese corporations on the environment.
Chinese researchers, in cooperation with the government of Sweden, are developing a corporate environmental performance assessment indicator system, which will soon focus on 100 listed firms for a pilot study.

– Efforts to track and improve the quality of life in China’s large cities.
The Chinese government is cooperating with the United Nations Environment Program to develop a China Pollution Reduction Performance Assessment research program, which will soon evaluate the pollution reduction performance of four pilot Chinese cities. There are, additionally, growing civil society and quasi-governmental programs seeking to assess the environmental quality of China’s cities, including the Asian Development Bank’s “China Environmental Livable Index of Cities,” the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Asian Green Cities Index, and The People’s Republic of China Urban Knowledge Hub.

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Measuring Progress at Rio and Beyond

This post was originally featured on Sage Magazine and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy blog.  This past Sunday at the US-Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development, I facilitated a group discussion on metrics and indicators for measuring progress toward sustainable development goals.  Indicators and targets are mentioned throughout the “Zero Draft” document […]

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Please vote for us!

The 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit is quickly approaching this June.  To support the negotiations for a “Future We Want,” the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Center for International Earth Science Information Network have applied for a Sustainable Development Learning Course to share the lessons learned from 13 years of developing the Environmental […]

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First Independent Review of Provincial-level Environmental Data in China

A report that my colleagues and I worked on for the last three years is finally available for public consumption. Below is the press release and a link to download the report.

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