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Environmental performance of Bank-financed coal-fired power plants in China (English)

The study provides a comprehensive review of the environmental performance of Bank-financed coal-fired power plants in China since the mid 1980s, and assesses environmental compliance to agreed standards between the Bank and China, articulated in the Environmental Management Plans. It is highlighted that from a national perspective, the Bank's continued emphasis on environmental improvements, the use of more efficient power technologies, and economic policy advice, led to a far more efficient power sector than would have been possible otherwise. The environmental performance of thermal power plants is reviewed, where emissions and effluent water quality, as well as noise disturbances were measured, with specific observations drawn, stipulating that although plants were well maintained, it is clear that environmental management is not a major priority. Furthermore, public consultation and the notion of making environmental assessments locally available, is still not widely accepted. Recommendations include further examination on the environmental and financial aspects of improved coal quality; enhanced role of local environmental protection bureaus; increased environmental supervision and technical assistance of Bank projects; enhanced local environmental capacity, to in turn improve ash disposal, rationalize water pollution requirements, and optimize pollution control.

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  • Author

    Lanqing Jia Baratz, Bernard Fritz, Jack

  • Document Date

    2000/02/29

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    21291

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    China,

  • Region

    East Asia and Pacific,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    Environmental performance of Bank-financed coal-fired power plants in China

  • Keywords

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Citation

Lanqing Jia Baratz, Bernard Fritz, Jack

Environmental performance of Bank-financed coal-fired power plants in China (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/199551468746703644/Environmental-performance-of-Bank-financed-coal-fired-power-plants-in-China