Formulated to promote cleaner production and increase resource efficiency the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Promotion of Clean Production was approved by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on 29th of June, 2002. The aim of this law is to promote scientific research, technical development, and international cooperation in order to develop cleaner production and to organize the dissemination of information in order to promote more environmentally friendly production technologies in China.
Cleaner production, here, refers to the continuous application of measures for design improvement, utilization of clean energy and raw materials, the implementation of advanced processes, technologies and equipment, improvement of management and comprehensive utilization of resources to reduce pollution at source, enhance the rates of resource utilization efficiency, reduce or avoid pollution generation and discharge in the course of production, provision of services and product use, so as to decrease the impact on human health and the environment. Any units or individuals engaged in activities relating to production or provision of services and their corresponding management agencies are anticipated to implement systems for cleaner production in accordance with the provisions included in this law.
This law is divided into the following chapters:
1) General provisions
2) Realization of cleaner production
3) Implementation of cleaner production
4) Inducement measures
5) Legal liability
6) Supplementary articles