Cleaner production in China: 20 years’ experience and visions

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During the last two decades, remarkable progress in the promotion and implementation of cleaner production in China has occurred since the establishment of the National Cleaner Production Centre in 1995. Since the early phases of the work, China issued the Cleaner Production Promotion Law, piloted several rounds of training within the  provinces and cities, and has supported cleaner production education and training in hundreds of colleges and universities. Additionally, Cleaner Production leaders have performed cleaner production audits in thousands of enterprises. Undoubtedly, cleaner production contributes to the China’ economic development miracle and environmental performance improvement.

In the context of climate change, air and water pollution and other challenges, Chinese leaders are increasingly pushing to accelerate the transition to post-fossil carbon societies that are in harmony with the eco-system boundaries as well as supportive of human health for the short and long-term future. During the necessary transitions emphasis upon cleaner production and more sustainable consumption are both essential. Numerous people have moved from rural areas to urban areas and a new-type urbanization strategy is required. Increased investments in infrastructure such as high-speed trains, the smart electrical grid and improved environmental quality are being made but much more is needed. Within the Cleaner Production side, a series of significant innovations are envisioned and some are already being implemented under the flag of the new industrial revolution.
In order to continue to speed up the transition, China and all other countries must place more emphasis upon empirical research, theoretical advancement and policy design to support the real-world applications of more sustainable, green chemistry, green engineering, green infrastructure, green transportation and net regenerative regional development.

In this context, China is reviewing its 20 years’ of cleaner production experiences and is actively planning for the expansion of cleaner production and sustainable consumption for the next 20 years. Therefore, key aspects that need to be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Review of cleaner production implementation and promotion in China during the first 20 years after initial introduction of these concepts and approaches;
  • History and trends of cleaner production education as part of education for sustainable development;
  • Cleaner production in key industrial sectors, such as iron & steel, pulp & paper, textile, leather, metals, cement, plastics and chemicals, electronics, renewable energy, smart grid;
  • Cleaner production in agriculture;
  • Cleaner production in services sectors
  • Cleaner production for sustainable urbanization and sustainable infrastructure
  • Clean production and the third industrial revolution of the post-fossil carbon society;
  • How cleaner production contributes to industrial ecology and the circular economy
  • How cleaner production contributes to ecologically sound, and sustainable civilizations;
  • Policy analysis and mechanisms designed to foster development and implementation of sustainable production and consumption within eco-system and human health boundaries, for the short and long-term future.

This Call for abstracts and subsequently for papers for a workshop for the Global Conference that is designed to challenge participants to review the last 20 years’ of Chinese experience and to create new visions for cleaner production and sustainable consumption in China, including cleaner production in different sectors, at different spatial levels and from different perspectives. Authors are invited to build upon the history of implementation of these approaches in other countries in order to learn from other countries’ mistakes and outstanding examples. Many illustrative materials have been published in the 23 years of publication of the Journal of Cleaner Production. Prospective authors are invited to build upon those and the materials published in other related journals as they seek to help China and other societies to make REAL PROGRESS TOWARD TRULY EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE, POST-FOSSIL CARBON SOIETIES!!

Format and Procedures for Submission of Responses to this Call for Abstracts:

We invite authors to prepare and submit extended abstracts, in English, of about 500 words in response to this “Call-for-abstracts”.

Please submit your abstracts via the conference website:
Specify that your abstract is meant to be considered for this workshop on ‘Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption in China.”  Abstracts should be submitted by July 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Lei Shi, Associate professor of the School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Yutao Wang, Assistant professor of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Shandong University, China

Prof. Ning Duan, Director of the Cleaner Production Engineering Technology Center of the Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


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