On Apr. 1, MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian met with GEF Chair and CEO Ms. Monique Barbut and the delegation she led in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on boosting cooperation in environmental protection.
On the same day MEP issued a circular on environmental label management of vehicles coming into Beijing during the 29th Olympic Games, requiring unified management of environmental labels on vehicles coming into Beijing from all corners of the country. Vehicles without environmental labels are not allowed to enter Beijing.
On Apr. 2, Premier Wen Jiabao conducted the executive meeting of the State Council to study the arrangement of tasks on pollution control of water environment in Taihu Lake.
On the same day an inter-ministerial joint meeting on water pollution of Songhua River was held in Harbin. MEP Minister chaired the meeting and made remarks. Representatives from Inner Mongolia, Jilin and Heilongjiang Province briefed water pollution control of Songhua River basin within their jurisdiction. Speakers at the meeting also included MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Vice Minister of Ministry of Water Resources Jiao Yong and principals from NDRC, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
On Apr. 3, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with special representative of US President, Henry M. Paulson, also Secretary of the Treasury and the delegation he led in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on further strengthening environmental cooperation.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister, also Minister of National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), Li Ganjie met with a delegation led by Chairman of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) Jamshed Hashmi. Both sides exchanged views on stepping up cooperation in the field of nuclear safety.
On the same day, MEP printed and issued Effluent Standards of Pollutants for Heterocyclic Pesticides Industry (GB 21523-2008), Limits and measurement method for exhaust pollutants from gasoline engines of heavy-duty vehicles (III, IV) (GB 14762-2008), Emission Standard of Coalbed Methane/Coal Mine Gas（on trial）(GB 21522-2008) and Standard for Pollution Control on the Landfill Site of Municipal Solid Waste (GB 16889-2008), which will come into effect as of July. 1, 2008.
On Apr. 9, MEP printed and issued six national standards for environmental protection including technical guidelines for the preparation of cleaner production standard, which will take effect as of Aug. 1, 2008.
On Apr. 10, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water Penny Wong in Beijing. They exchanged views on China-Australia cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On the same day MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a delegation headed by Secretary of the Environment Bureau, Hong Kong S.A.R Edward Yau. They exchanged views on environmental cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong.
On Apr. 12, China Forum on Circular Economy was held in Wuhan. Vice Minister of NDRC Xie Zhenhua and MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Apr. 14, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with a delegation led by Swedish Minister for Environment, Andreas Carlgren and Japanese Environment Minister KAMOSHITA Ichiro. They exchanged views on further strengthen environmental cooperation.
On the same day MEP printed and issued a circular on strengthening protection and radiation safety of radioactive isotope and radial equipment.
On Apr. 15 China-Sweden Workshop on Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren and Minister for Trade Ewa Bjorling attended the meeting and delivered address. Over 400 people from government departments, enterprises and research institutions of both countries participated in the event.
The same day also witnessed the launching of press conference on China Environment Prize undertaken by China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF). MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian announced the beginning of application and judgement of the 5th China Baosteel Environment Prize.
On the same day MEP printed and issued a circular on preparedness for preventing and addressing emergent environmental accidents. It requires local EPB at all levels to take prompt actions and get prepared for emergency response.
On the same day, MEP printed and issued Measurement technology guidelines for check and acceptance of air pollution control project for bulk gasoline terminal and gasoline filling station (HJ/T431-2008), putting into effect as of May 1, 2008 and three other national standards including Technical requirement for environmental labeling products Aerosol insecticide, taking effect as of July 1, 2008.
On Apr. 18, MEP printed and issued an urgent notice on strengthening environmental monitoring and supervision of law enforcement at Taihu Lake and Chaohu Lake river basin to ensure no blue algae or odour on large scale will occur this year.
On Apr. 21, MEP held the 1st ministerial executive meeting where Work Rules of MEP (draft) was deliberated and adopted in principle. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting and made remarks. Vice Minister Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, Li Ganjie, leader of Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjun and member of leading Party members' group Zhu Guangyao attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Vice Chair of CCICED Børge Brende and other foreign Council Members in Beijing. Member of leading Party members' group, Secretary General of CCICED Zhu Guangyao also attended the meeting.
On Apr. 22, CPPCC organized an investigation on Green Olympics in Beijing. Participants included member of the Political Bureau of CCCPC, Vice Chairman of CPPCC Wang Gang. He was accompanied by Liu Qi, the Secretary of Beijing Municipal Party Committee, also member of the Political Bureau of CCCPC and BOCOG President. Vice Minister of MEP Zhang Lijun also took part in the activity.
On the same day Commemoration on World Earth Day and the 3rd Award Ceremony of China Environment Ambassador was held in Beijing. 10 people such as Song Zuying were appointed by Ministry of Environmental Protection as China Environment Ambassadors of the new phase. Vice Chairman of CPPCC Li Jinhua and MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue attended the ceremony.
On the same day the 2008 Round Table of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the meeting and gave a keynote speech.
On the same day the 2008 Forum on Ecology of Chinese Cities was held in Hangzhou. Member of MEP's leading Party members' group and leader of Discipline Inspection Group of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection based in MEP Fu Wenjun attended the forum and made a speech.
On Apr. 24, the 3rd China-EU Ministerial Environmental Policy Dialogue was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and EU Environmental Commissioner Stavros Dimas attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day MEP and European Commission DG Environment jointly held China-EU workshop on environmental governance. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and EU Environmental Commissioner Stavros Dimas attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Apr. 25, Forum of Central China was held in Wuhan. Leaders of the six provincial governments in central China and principals of related state departments attended the meeting. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie was also present.
On Apr. 27, Beijing Forum and Summit on China's Energy Strategy and Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Apr. 29, MEP printed and issued Technical Requirement on Signs for Protected Drinking Water Source Area (HJ/T 433-2008), which will be put into effect as of June 1, 2008.
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