In the pursuit of a more environmentally friendly economy, the Chinese government laid out a blueprint on pollution reduction goals between 2011 and 2015. Experts believe the new plan will shift the future investment focus in China from infrastructure development to “green” projects. The “National 12th Five-year Plan on Environmental Protection,” released by the State Council on December 15, complimented China’s achievement in pollution control over the past five years and set new goals for the future.
2016 Report on the State of the Environment in China gives a summary of environmental protection status in China. It provides information on atmospheric, freshwater, marine, forest, acoustic, radiation, grassland, and natural and ecological environment. The current state of the energy and transport sector is also included in this report.
2017 Report on the State of the Ecology and Environment in China contains information about the overall improvements China made in terms of ecological aspects. The report suggests that China has made an immense improvement in air, water, and soil pollution prevention control and promotion of environmental protection. With the aim to pursue green development China is reinforcing environmental supervision and law enforcement and has deepened and implemented measures on ecological environmental protection reform.
China's carbon intensity has declined by 46% compared to 2005, already exceeding 2020 target. Non-fossil energy accounted for 13.8% of primary energy consumption, afforestation and forest protection continued and the ability to adapt to climate change has been continuously enhanced. The continued improved institutional mechanisms in addressing climate change have increased the awareness of climate change in the whole society. China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change helps all interested people fully understand China's policies and actions, their performances, and effects in addressing climate change since 2017.
2015 Report on the State of the Environment in China gives a summary of environmental protection status in China. It provides information on atmospheric, freshwater, marine, forest, acoustic, radiation, grassland, and natural and ecological environment. The current state of the energy and transport sector is also included in this report.
2014 Report on the State of the Environment in China provides the information on existing conditions of the pollution discharge, freshwater, marine, forest, atmospheric, acoustic, radiation, grassland, the natural and ecological environment of China.
2013 Report of the State of the Environment in China states that the overall environmental quality was average in 2013. The focus areas in 2013 were atmospheric pollution, ecological conservation, reduction of major pollutants and energy and transport sector.
The Report on the State of the Environment in China states the progress China has made in terms of environmental policies, legislation, science and technology, and monitoring systems. It explains that the strengthening of environmental policies has led to significant emission and pollution reductions as well as the strengthening of nuclear and radiation safety measures.
The communist party of China (CPC) central committee and the state council, on September 21 published a reform plan Integrated Reform Plan for Promoting Ecological Progress . It was formulated with an aim to develop a systematic and complete system to improve the ecosystem and accelerate the environmental protection. The idea is to integrate development with conservation.
ASEAN-CHINA Environmental Cooperation Action Plan focuses on the cooperation between China and southeast Asian countries and facilitates the implementation of the China and ASEAN Leader's initiative to achieve the UN Millenium Development Goals, poverty reduction, and green development. The action plan aims to promote and facilitate the implementation of the China-ASEAN strategy on environmental cooperation and the ASEAN and China Leader's initiatives.