Chinese EHS policies are getting tougher and fines are being imposed on a daily basis for violating EHS laws. However, the Chinese government is also offering tax incentives to organizations emitting below national standards.
To help your organization stay compliant in China and avoid penalties, read the 2017 top three EHS updates below.
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Amendments to Tax Table on Environmental Protection
The Chinese National People’s Congress made amendments to the Tax Table on Environmental Protection with up to a ten-fold tax increase from 1.2 to 12 Yuan on atmospheric pollution and 1.4 to 14 Yuan on water pollution.
The amendment also specifies tax incentives for those emitting below the national limit. Those who emit less than 70% of the national standard will only pay 75% of the environmental tax while those emitting 50% will receive a 50% environmental tax break.
China’s Courts Define Conditions for Environmental Crimes
The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) have defined 18 conditions that constitute committing an environmental crime where serious pollution should be sanctioned by criminal penalties. These conditions include
- falsification of environmental monitoring data
- illegal discharge, and discharges exceeding government limits
Violators face heavy fines and potential prison sentences of up to 7 years.
China Will Carry Out Lifelong Soil Pollution Accountability System
In order to put an end to the worsening soil pollution problem, China is set to carry out a lifelong accountability system for all entities through the Pollution of Land and Soil Management Measures.
The company or the individual will be responsible for restoring contaminated land and all results are subject to third-party assessment.
For those who fail national soil standards, environmental officials can revoke or disapprove land use applications.
The Measures will enter force on July 1, 2017.