Posts of East Asia

South Korea stipulates reduction of mandatory recycling quantity by using raw materials derived from waste synthetic resins

Management plan for discarded solar panels also announced

Circular Economy Wastes (Products) Household Appliances IT Equipments Office Equipments

On December 30, 2022, South Korean government promulgated an amended version of Enforcement Decree of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles (Presidential Decree No. …

China releases draft on promoting industrial noise monitoring

Noise-generating industrial companies would be encouraged to implement self-monitoring.


On Dec. 14, 2022, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment released draft “opinions” on promoting industrial noise monitoring to seek public comments. The draft opinions encourage

Shanghai of China tighten regulations to control pollution by ships

The new regulations, which will come into effect March 1, 2023, bans the discharge of oil-containing wastewater in specified waters.

Water Vessels

On Dec. 21, 2022, the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress passed Municipal Regulations on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, and published them Dec. 28. These regulations …

China mandates air pollutant emission control in four industries

The new standards introduce stricter regulations on VOCs.


On Oct. 22, 2022, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment and State Administration for Market Regulation issued four national standards for air pollutant emission control: the Emission Standard of Air …

China guides renewable energy consumption scheme

Exclusion of YoY increases in renewable energy from total energy consumption limit scheme

Clean Energy

On Nov. 16, 2022, China’s National Development and Reform Commission and other government departments announced on the commission’s website that year-on-year increases in renewable energy consumption are excluded from the …

Chinese organization releases association standard to ensure conformity with EU REACH regulation in automotive industry

The new standard sets out restrictions on REACH-regulated chemicals.

Chemical Substances (Products) Automobiles

China’s Zhongguancun Inspection, Testing and Certification Industry Technology Alliance released an association standard called “Automotive industry control of key chemical substances — Part 1:Application guidelines”, which came into effect Oct. …

China issues 2023 List of Key Controlled New Pollutants

The 2023 list provides environmental risk control measures for 14 types of pollutants, including PFOA and related chemicals, and Dechlorane plus.

Chemical Substances (Products) Chemical Substances (Factory) Biocidal Products Cosmetics Industrial Chemicals

On Dec. 30, 2022, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the 2023 List of Key Controlled New Pollutants. It was issued as part of the Action Plan on Controlling …

China’s Beijing issues regulations on water conservation

Requirements for water conservation in industry will be introduced.


On Nov. 25, 2022, the Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress issued Municipal Regulations on Water Conservation, which will come into effect March 1, 2023. These regulations set out …