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Surefooted Goat or Sacrificial Lamb? The regulatory landscape in China has changed due to multiple polices set & changes in the law in previous years. Many come into full effect this year... so in the coming Year of the Goat, check out our 5 Trends for 2015 for it is better to be the surefooted goat than the sacrificial lamb. What are the new market mechanisms in place to hold the 'Three Red Lines'? If you have not been following these policy shifts, we have summarised 8 game-changing policy paths. So who gets water first? Will China's energy bases drain the Yellow River? Are pollution risks shifting beyond the factory wall? Do we have to sacrifice rivers to generate power? Read what the Chinese Academy of Sciences, IPE and International Rivers have to say. Happy Lunar New Year!
   
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Surefooted Goat or Sacrificial Lamb? The regulatory landscape in China has changed due to multiple polices set & changes in the law in previous years. Many come into full effect this year... so in the coming Year of the Goat, check out our 5 Trends for 2015 for it is better to be the surefooted goat than the sacrificial lamb. If you have not been following these policy shifts, we have summarised 8 game-changing policy paths as Beijing herds the nation away from 'economy vs. environment' towards 'economy & environment'. 

Water security is paramount. President Xi said “our environment has reached or is reaching the upper limit of its carrying capacity” at the year-end Central Economic Work Conference. It is all about water allocation and controlling water use & pollution. In short, staying within the 'Three Red Lines'.

So who gets water first? Which industries will be prioritised? Or will China's energy bases drain the Yellow River? The Deputy Director of the Center for Water Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jia Shaofeng, shares his views on how water demand by the energy sector can be met.

To tackle pollution, ongoing fine-tuning of industrial standards is afoot, with government encouraging centralised or collective industrial wastewater treatment to discourage illegal discharge. However, NGOs are concerned that centralised treatment brings about centralised pollution as many treatment facilities are sub-standard. Could brands become more exposed? Could wastewater treatment plants face fines? Check out our interview with IPE's Ma Yingying on the matter. Be warned, risks are shifting beyond the factory wall.

New ways of doing 'old things' are also being tested. China has been experimenting with market mechanisms to hold the 'Red Lines'. We take a closer look at these new water trading market as they could mean you might not be able to afford water in the future. Don't be blindsided by these 'new market tools'.

How serious is Beijing? In the last 30 years, we have 'lost' 8,000sqkm of glaciers in the Qinghai Tibetan-Plateau. This is equivalent to the land area of eight Hong Kongs. More coal could mean these glaciers melt faster; more hydro could add to regional geopolitical tension. International Rivers' China Program Director, Grace Mang says it's premature to celebrate China's low carbon promise and urges a 'river conservation scenario' where we don't have to sacrifice Asia'rivers for power.

The situation is sobering and critical. It's all interlinked and it comes down to water. It is time to seriously tend to these matters in the Year of the Goat... Happy Lunar New Year! 
 

5 Trends for the Year of the Goat
Beijing will shepherd the nation towards water, food & energy security. Staying within the Three Red Lines means rough terrain ahead. Tough choices need to be made. Check out our top 5 trends for 2015
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8 Game Changing Policy Paths
There has been a fundamental shift in planning China’s future growth with changes in regulatory landscape due to multiple polices set & changes in law. Many come into full effect in 2015. Get on top of these policy shifts 
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Will Energy Basins Drain the Yellow River?
The Deputy Director of the Center for Water Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jia Shaofeng on how water demand  by China's energy bases can be met
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Risks Shifting Beyond the Wall
IPE's Ma Yingying tells China Water Risk that lax supervision & vague responsibilities between factories & treatment facilities leave brands exposed. Find out why centralised treatment could bring about centralised pollution
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New Market Tools to Enforce Red Lines
China has been experimenting with market mechanisms. Can China's new water permit trading markets (discharge & use) help the nation hold its Three Red Lines as well as catalyze a bigger water market? Feng Hu expands
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China: No Need to Sacrifice Rivers for Power
International Rivers China Program Director Grace Mang warns of prematurely celebrating China's lower coal targets as 500GW of 'clean' hydro by 2050. The time to discuss a 'river conservation' scenarios is now 
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