Environmental protection industry enters deep era

- Jan 16, 2020-

At the end of December 2019, the ministry of ecology and environment successively released a number of local rectification cases in the "look back" campaign of central environmental inspectors.

After a year or so of rectification, the chaoshanlian river basin in guangzhou has been cleared of sewage, the steel city ma on shan has been restored along the river, and the jinyun mountain nature reserve in chongqing has returned to green.


In 2019, a number of laws and regulations in the field of ecological environment, including the law on soil pollution prevention and control, were introduced, revised and implemented, which gradually formed a regulatory framework in the field of ecological environment.

The industry believes that with the formulation of the next "14 to 5" ecological environmental protection plan, China's environmental protection industry will step out of the painful period, usher in a new pattern.

In the long run, pollution prevention and control as one of the three major battle, environmental protection efforts will not be relaxed.


At present, under the guidance of relevant national industrial policies, the environmental protection industry will become increasingly standardized and mature, providing opportunities for the environmental protection industry to become bigger and stronger.


The pattern of big supervision has gradually taken shape


Recently, the central environmental inspection group "look back" action announced a number of inspectors rectification cases.

Among them, the lianjiang river in chaoshan district of guangdong has been polluted seriously due to illegal dumping of garbage and illegal discharge of industrial wastewater.

In 2018, the lianjiang river "almost all the water in the basin was black as black as ink," the central environmental watchdog said, adding that "the littering was shocking," "the rectification task was seriously delayed," and "management was extensive and disorderly."


In order to control the pollution of lianjiang river, the local people have learned from the past, cleaned up the illegal constructions, and accelerated the construction of environmental infrastructure such as sewage treatment plant and supporting pipe network.

Now, the surface of the river has become clean, and there are few traces of garbage on the water and on both sides of the river.

After many years, dragon boats and flocks of egrets reappear in the river.

According to the new test results in mid-december, the water quality in lianjiang river is better than it has been in the past 10 years.


In addition, ma 'anshan city, where water quality was once deteriorating, has now achieved full coverage of the city's black and smelly water management.

In the jinyun mountain protection area of chongqing municipality, 184 environmental problems identified by 190 central ecological and environmental inspectors and operation green shield have been rectified, with a rectification completion rate of 96.8%.


In 2019, the law on the prevention and control of soil pollution came into effect on January 1, and the draft law on the Yangtze river protection law of the People's Republic of China, drawn up by the environment and resources protection committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on December 23.

Since then, the legal system covering air, water, soil, solid waste, safety and other fields has been improved, and the ecological environment supervision pattern has gradually taken shape.


At the same time, while continuing to crack down on environmental violations, ecological and environmental authorities at all levels have actively promoted the transformation of law enforcement methods and improved enforcement efficiency.

Data released by the ministry of environment showed that in the first 10 months of 2019, 124,500 cases involving environmental administrative penalties were filed nationwide, with fines totaling 9.277 billion yuan, or 74,500 yuan each, down 14.23 percent, 21.57 percent and 8.56 percent, respectively, compared with the same period last year.


Ecological environment enforcement officials said that this reflects with ecological environmental law enforcement authority and seriousness to further establish, environmental violations deterrent and warning to further strengthen education function, the law-abiding consciousness of enterprises, malicious momentum to get preliminary control engaged in environmental violations of the law.


The total output value of the industry will exceed 2 trillion


On December 25, liu kun, minister of finance, said in a presentation on the allocation and use of government funds for ecological and environmental protection that the central government will allocate funds to key industries, key areas for institutional reform and innovation, and key areas with strong environmental governance performance.


With the change of China's environmental policy from management to governance, environmental protection market players are increasingly active.

Environmental governance policy is committed to clarifying the environmental responsibility of the government, enterprises and social organizations, establishing an environmental governance market with multiple participants under the leadership of the government, and stimulating the vitality of market participants.


In order to activate the market for pollution control, both central and local governments are increasing their investment.

For example, in the pollution treatment of the lianjiang river basin in shantou, guangdong province, a total investment of 21.034 billion yuan had been made in the comprehensive treatment project by the end of November 2019.

Zheng jiange, mayor of shantou, said, "the design of the central government's environmental supervision system has forced us to invest more in people and money without hesitation.


In recent years, with the rapid development of industrialization and urbanization in China, "historical debt" in the field of ecological environment has gradually emerged, and the situation of environmental governance is grim.

Under the promotion of the central environmental inspector, many provinces have closed down "small, scattered, disorderly and dirty" enterprises whose emissions do not meet the standards and seriously pollute the environment.


On the other hand, the introduction of a series of policies, but also for the further development of the environmental protection industry to bring opportunities.

For example, petrochemical, steel, non-ferrous metals, chemical industry, coal, cement and other high pollution, high energy consumption industries pollution treatment needs are being further released.

Waste treatment, solid waste recycling, soil remediation and other industries also present a blue sea.


An analysis report on China's environmental protection industry (2019) was released by the China environmental protection industry association and the environmental planning institute of the ministry of ecology and environment on December 24.

China's environmental protection industry has grown between 6.1% and 22.5% in recent years, according to the report.

According to the situation of environmental protection and the development trend of environmental protection industry, it is estimated that the total business revenue of environmental protection industry in China is expected to exceed 2.1 trillion yuan in 2020.


An expert from the China environmental protection industry association pointed out that the development of environmental protection industry has gone through a painful period in 2018 and 2019, and it will undoubtedly be a new situation in 2020. The big supervision pattern of soil and water conservation has been formed.


Entering a period of steady growth presents both challenges and opportunities


In 2019, the performance of the environmental protection industry suffered a setback due to the impact of "deleveraging" economic policies, a tighter financing environment, and the clearance of PPP projects.

In the first three quarters of 2019, net profits of listed environmental companies fell 17.40 percent year-on-year, according to Wind.

On the other hand, affected by market competition, the comprehensive gross margin of environmental protection industry continues to decline, the cost of financing increases, and the enterprises that aggressively expand during the outbreak of policies face certain pressure on their business performance in the short term.


"However, the fundamentals of the ecological and environmental sectors are gradually improving and entering a period of steady growth."

The above experts from the environmental protection industry association said that with China's economic transformation and upgrading, the status of ecological environmental protection in economic and social development is improving, which will further promote the environmental protection industry to build a unified market situation.


In fact, specific plans for the next stage of ecological environmental protection are already in the pipeline.

On December 26, xu bijiu, director of the department of comprehensive affairs of the ministry of ecology and environment, revealed at a regular press conference that the "14th and 5th" ecological and environmental protection plan has formed the basic idea, the first draft and other achievements, the future will be further studied, revised, improved and reported.


Xu said the plan is not only for the next five years, but also for the long term, matching the goals of 2035 and the middle of the century.

To be specific, the requirements for the coordinated promotion of high-quality economic development and high-level protection of the ecological environment are fully reflected in the plan.


In addition, the focus of the plan is to improve the quality of the ecological environment as the core, with the focus on solving outstanding ecological environmental problems, mobilize the vitality of enterprises in innovation, and promote the innovation of the ecological environment industry.


Experts in the industry believe that the new pattern of ecological protection is crucial to the development of the environmental protection industry and enterprises.

In the future, the environmental protection industry will enter an era of improving quality and increasing efficiency, from the whole industrial chain to the segmentation field, and from the golden period of development tends to grow with high quality