Companies and institutions from the Canadian province of Alberta signed business agreements with domestic companies during a seminar held in Shanghai on Thursday [24 November 2016]. The agreements include a joint venture between Nelson Soil Remediation and Suzhou Niersen Environmental and Ecological Technology Co. A memorandum of understanding was also signed between NorQuest College and Shanghai Redleaf Women’s and Children’s Hospital…Full Article: The Global Times Nov 2016

Key Point

  • In September 2016, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China and Canada began exploratory talks on a potential free trade agreement.

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  • In October 2016, Chinese representatives from Suzhou Niersen Environmental and Ecological Technology and Canadian representatives from Nelson Soil Remediation attended the RemTech 2016 (soil remediation) conference in Banff National Park, Alberta.
  • In May 2016, China’s State Council published an “Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution”. Key to the plan would be business-backed (private enterprise) soil remediation efforts/investments.
  • In March 2016, Canada Beef held a promotional event in Beijing that was attended by Minister of Alberta Economic Development and Trade.
  • In July 2015, China announced it would publish an action plan on the prevention and treatment of soil pollution for the mainland. According the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Technology Standards at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the soil pollution action plan would be made public during the latter half of 2015. Also during the same month, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, less than 33% of fertilizers and pesticides are absorbed by crops while more than 50% of livestock and poultry waste is not processed (e.g. biofuel, fertilizers, etc.).
  • In 2014, China released a survey that 16% of its soil area exceeded state mandated pollution limits.
  • In late 2013, China announced it would halt agricultural production on ~3.33 million hectares of land owing to soil pollution (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, and additives).
  • According to a 2011 survey conducted by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, 67.8% of the sampled rice paddy land (or 107,200 hectares out of 182,133 ha) were contaminated with pollutants including cadmium, arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and chromium. The survey took place in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Sichuan.
  • Tracing it roots back to 1988 (State Council approval), China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (CECEP) Group was formally founded in 2010. As of 2016, CECEP owned 419 subsidiaries, including 6 listed companies (SHE:000591, HKG:2228, SHA:601016). CECEP’s Suzhou Ecological Science & Technology Industrial Park is located in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.

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