How China’s waste import ban makes the world rethink its waste?

par Yiwen XU (EnvIM 2018)   In July 2017, the General Office of China’s State Council issued the Prohibition of Foreign Garbage Imports: The Reform Plan on Solid Waste Import Management, proposing that in 2018, China will ban the import of four classes of waste, including waste plastics from households, unsorted waste paper, waste textile materials, and vanadium slag. What is more, in April 2018, the Ministry of Ecology and

China’s many hurdles to green its electricity production

par Lauren Harry-Villain (EnvIM 2018)   As China has been the world’s biggest energy consumer since 2009 and is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter (International Energy Agency, 2017), it should play a crucial role in the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby limit climate change. Notwithstanding the fact that it consumes more coal than any other country by far (IEA, 2018), the country has shown in recent years

It’s the last (plastic) straw!

par Noémie Levé (EnvIM 2018)   Plastic is great, it is lightweight, durable, versatile, hygienic, resistant, and above all cheap. It comes in every shape, color, size and texture. It has transformed our lives for the better in many ways. For instance, plastic bottles allow billions of people to have access to clean water every day, and it helped the space conquest thanks to its strength and weight properties. Without

Environmental impacts of mass tourism in China

par Juliette Paemelaere (EnvIM 2018)   "Anywhere in the world that you go diving, you shouldn’t grab or take away any marine life” Source: ChinaDaily.com This excerpt from the 2013 Guide on appropriate touristic behaviors issued by the Chinese government revealed the global lack of environmental education of the Chinese people. Though Chinese tourists globally hold a terrible reputation when travelling abroad, scant international literature exist on their behavior at

Sustainable Finance: How Green is China?

par Héloïse Dumont (EnvIM 2018) In 2017, China has been the second largest green bond emitter following the United States of America according to the international organisation Climate Bond Initiative. There is currently a growing demand for more responsible investing all over the world, especially towards green finance, which is « the financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development, and will require tens

Vitamin Sea

par Camille Senn (EnvIM 2018) OCEANS, THE CRADLE OF LIFE The oceans are the cradle of life on our planet. It is in the heart of the seas, 3.8 billion years ago, that the first living elements have appeared: bacteria. Life forms then became more and more complex and it is only 250 million years ago that the first living beings came out to start the conquest of terrestrial spaces.