Keywords: capacity building, China, environmental protection, fossil fuels, technology transfer
Countermeasures against air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Shanxi Province
This paper describes how the Shanxi Environmental Protection Agency and SINTEF have acted on the recommendations of a joint study by UNEP and the National Environmental Protection Agency of PR China (NEPA) to implement the following cooperation programme: to establish the Shanxi Centre for Energy and Environment; to develop a masterplan against air pollution in Shanxi province; and to initiate pilot projects with cleaner technologies. The work has so far (1997) been funded by Norwegian Agency for Development Aid (NORAD). Further action will however require contribution from a number of other sources, such as the Global Environment Facility, private companies, investment banks and governments. The results from our work have shown that such efforts, in a region like Shanxi province, give environmental cost benefits far ahead of most other places in the world.