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We want to use the environment to shift the way our society works.
I know the government needs to ensure economic growth… we just hope it takes care of the environment, too.
One thing most people would agree is that climate change would add further uncertainties to our already quite tight water supply situation in China.
While cheap products are exported to western countries, the waste is dumped mostly in China’s back yard, contaminating its air, water, soil and seas.
There is a growing recognition of the importance of really bringing pollution under control.
I hope they can see that as a consumer, if they express themselves, they may make an impact and leverage their impact on the brands, and the brands can leverage their buying power on tens of thousands of polluters – suppliers – in China.
China is bearing the environmental cost for much of the world because China is the factory of the world.
China should cut heavy industries’ share in gross domestic output by 9 percentage points between 2013 and 2030 to meet its pollution cuts target.
China leads the world in energy consumption, carbon emissions, and the release of major air and water pollutants, and the environmental impact is felt both regionally and globally.
China’s energy is very much focused on coal, and the economy is very focused on heavy industry, which is carbon intensive, so restructuring won’t be easy.
Of course, as consumers, we want cheap and good products; however, if these production processes are exceeding wastewater discharge standards and even causing heavy metal pollution, they will cause long-lasting damage to the ecological environment and public health.
Ever since we published the first Apple report, we’ve had some other brands turning more proactive.
I hope to see an integrated solution created to deal with both the local pollution problem and the global climate change problem.
We haven’t seen the turning point yet, but we’re sticking to our bottom line, for the environment and the health of the country.
If major companies sourcing in developing countries care only about price and quality, local suppliers will be lured to cut corners on environmental standards to win contracts.
To deal with local pollution, China has put on the agenda the capping of coal, which has long been a sensitive issue.
I tell them the rules are made by the government. Every firm should comply. It doesn’t mean they can’t compete.
I think there are a few brands like Nike and Patagonia which are quite progressively minded.
Everyone knows the link between the environment and their own health.
We copied laws and regulations from western countries, but enforcement remains weak, and environmental litigation is still quite near impossible.
Globalisation has powered economic growth in developing countries such as China. Global logistics, low domestic production costs, and strong consumer demand have let the country develop strong export-based manufacturing, making the country the workshop of the world.
We must strictly enforce the Environmental Law, closing down the polluters that fail to meet the standards.
It’s true that hydropower exploitation can bring economic development, but not necessarily to the benefit of local people.
We’re manufacturing to meet the demands of our own people but, in the meantime, for the entire world as well, and that definitely put a lot of extra pressure on our environment.
Environmental agencies in China are hamstrung by local officials who put economic growth ahead of environmental protection; even the courts are beholden to local officials, and they are not open to environmental litigation.
Multinationals are more sensitive to public pressure because they have bigger brand names, and they have made commitments to be environmentally sensitive. Chinese firms are not used to this kind of pressure yet.
We firmly believe the environmental issues cannot be addressed without extensive public participation, but people need to be informed before they can get involved.
With its imagination and large sales, Apple has become the world’s most valuable IT company. However people are starting to have doubts regarding Apple’s silence on heavy metal pollution problems.
They pollute. It’s not because morally they have a problem, but more because the mechanism now is rewarding those who cut corners to save cost.
When I look at China’s environmental problems, the real barrier is not lack of technology or money. It’s lack of motivation.
China has leapfrogged into this information age, and Web users have grown very significantly, which knocked down the cost of doing the environmental transparency.
The situation is quite serious – groundwater is important source for water use, including drinking water, and if it gets contaminated, it’s very costly and difficult to clean.
Beijing was such a different city. There were so few cars, I could walk in the middle of the road. In the summer, the streetlamps attracted swirling bugs. I loved those bugs: crickets, praying mantis, all kinds of beetles. I also have a vivid memory of dazzling sunlight coming out of the sky.