Singapore revises MEPS rules for VRF Air Conditioners

On April 1, 2021, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore implemented the “Energy Conservation (Regulated Goods and Registered Suppliers) (Amendment) Regulations 2021” and the “Energy Conservation (Prescribed Regulated Goods) …

Japan sets goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050

A partial amendment to the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures passed and promulgated

On May 26, 2021, a partial amendment to the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures was enacted and promulgated on June 2, 2021. The amendment places 2050 carbon neutrality, …

Philippines DOE publishes implementing guidelines of energy labeling rules

Air conditioners, refrigerators, television sets, and lighting products are subject to the guidelines

On June 3, 2021, Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines published the implementing guidelines of the “Philippine Energy Labeling Program (PELP)” for air conditioners, refrigerators, television sets, and lights …

China announces plastic control plan in civil aviation sector

single-use plastic to be banned at airports from 2022

The Civil Aviation Administration of China in May announced the Plan for Civil Aviation Plastic Pollution Control Measures 2021–2025 (民航行业塑料污染治理工作计划 (2021–2025年)). The total number of passengers in China’s civil aviation …

China revises energy efficiency labeling rules for five products

three-phase motors, transformers, fans, TVs and set-top boxes

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and State Administration for Market Regulation on May 17 published five sets of revised Energy Efficiency Labeling Implementation Rules (the “Rules”; 能源效率标识实施规则) for small …

Expansion of Labeling and SDS Issuance Obligations in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced estimated schedule for Expansion of substances subject to labeling and SDS issuance that will require mandatory measures

On February 15, 2021, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) held a meeting of the Risk Assessment Working Group of the Study Group on the Management of Chemical …

MOE of Japan Starts Study on Water Quality Control of PFHxS

The draft policy for the water quality control of PFHxS is presented against the background of the latest developments in the POPs Convention

On February 26, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) deliberated on the revision of the environmental standard values for hexavalent chromium and the position of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) in the …

Technical Standards for Biomass Power Generation Facilities

Newly established technical standards for biomass power generation facilities by the revision of the Ministerial Ordinance

On February 26, 2021, the “Ministerial Ordinance Partially Amending the Ministerial Ordinance Specifying the Technical Standards for Thermal Power Generation Facilities” was promulgated and came into effect immediately. As a …

Attempts to Introduce Bioplastics in Japan

MOE of Japan started further promotion of environmentally friendly design with bioplastics

On January 28, 2021, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan held the 8th joint meeting about plastic resource recycling. As a result of this joint meeting, a report titled …

Thailand updates the environmental standard for soil

For the first time in 17 yrs

The National Environmental Board of Thailand announced “Notification of the National Environmental Board: Soil Quality Standard” in the Royal Gazette on 11 March 2021. The notification issued under the Enhancement …

Hebei, China released 10 measures for control of air pollution

Ten measures for deeply implement the comprehensive control of air pollution of Hebei province

On March 5, 2021, the People’s Government of Hebei Province released the “Ten measures for deeply implement the comprehensive control of air pollution of Hebei province”. The 10 measures proposed …