The State Council has urged local governments to accelerate the recycling and use of renewable resources including scrap metals in a bid to contribute to China’s low-carbon development and meet the country’s carbon neutrality goals, as reported by Reuters on February 22. Specifically, the State Council has advised local governments to focus on improving waste and home appliances recycling systems, and increase the output rates of recycled resources. The cabinet further requested that local governments develop the capacity for hydrogen and biomass energy accordingly.
The move is part of Beijing’s effort to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. In November 2020, China allowed imports of high-grade copper and aluminum scrap and also issued approval for high-grade steel scrap imports for 2021, in a bid to meet rising demand. To further drive China’s decarbonization, in early February, The China Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) implemented a set of interim carbon emissions trading rules applicable across the Mainland, marking the country’s first unified national emissions trading system (ETS). In the same period, the ministry also announced that it will launch an information platform to let the public track and monitor polluting emissions by companies across the mainland.