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06.12.2017 17:42
China's smog-plagued Hebei draws up environmental tax plan
The highest permissable rate stands at $1.82 per unit of air pollution and $2.12 – for water pollution
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The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei bordering Beijing has drawn up plans to launch a comprehensive environmental protection tax starting in the new year that will give more incentives for local polluters to clean up, Reuters reported.
 
China’s legislature approved a new environmental tax law late last year that gave regions the power to set their own rates. Several regions have already drawn up schemes and in January will start charging firms according to the amount of air, water and even noise pollution they produce.
 
But Hebei, a major source of hazardous and politically embarrassing emissions drifting across China’s capital Beijing, is under heavy pressure to clean up and will levy higher rates of tax than other regions.
 
According to draft regulations now being discussed by local lawmakers, firms in several cities will be charged as much as $0.91 for each unit of air pollution and $1.06 for each unit of water pollution they produce. The highest permissable rate stands at $1.82 and $2.12 respectively, according to the law passed last year.
 
Cities and counties directly bordering Beijing will be forced to pay even higher rates, with major air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides charged at $1.46 per unit. Major water pollutants like ammonium nitrate will be levied at $1.7 per unit.
 
Units are calculated based on coefficients that assign weights to different pollution sources. A single unit is the equivalent of 16.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide or 0.95 kilograms of sulfur dioxide.
 
Neighboring Shanxi province, China’s biggest coal producing region, also said this week that it would introduce an environmental protection tax starting from 1 January, 2018, with polluters paying $0.27 per unit of air pollution and $0.32 per unit of water pollution. The province said it expected the new tax to raise $288 million next year, with the figure likely to decline steadily as firms gradually cut their emissions, Reuters reminded.

TAGS: China | environmental | protection | tax | pollution | air | water | noise | quantity | sulfur dioxide | nitrogen oxides | ammonium nitrate 


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