China releases draft plan for new chemical pollutants management

Regulations on PFOA, decaBDE, other hazardous substances

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on October 11 released a draft of the New Pollutant Management Action Plan (新污染物治理行动方案 (征求意见稿)) to solicit comments, which were accepted until October 22. …

Japan, MOE revises provisional effluent standard of nitrogen

Partially Revising the Ministerial Ordinance for Establishing Effluent Standard

On September 24, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan promulgated the above ministerial ordinance. The ordinance will be enforced from October 1, 2021. This revision is to establish …

Japan, MOE revises provisional effluent standard of zinc

Partially Revising the Ministerial Ordinance for Establishing Effluent Standard, etc.

On September 24, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan promulgated a ministerial ordinance to revise effluent standard. The ordinance will be enforced from December 11, 2021. This revision …

Saudi Arabia publishes its own version of RoHS

Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has published on July 9th 2021 a regulation that restricts the levels of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and …

China publishes draft revision of noise pollution control law

Noise limits set for electrical equipment, other machines

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published a draft revision of the Noise Pollution Control Law (噪声污染防治法) to solicit comments after deliberating on the revision. Comments will be …

Philippines guides GHS implementation for mixtures

On May 27, 2021, the Philippines enacted the “EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-09: Guidelines in the implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Classification and Labeling Requirements for chemical mixtures”. All …

China releases draft guideline for consumer goods

To determine the maximum allowable content of chemical substances in consumer goods

On August 20, 2021, the China Consumer Goods Safety Standardization Technical Committee released the draft of a recommended national standard (GB/T) – “Guideline for setting limits of chemical substances in …

Singapore announces public consultation on new regulations for five chemicals

NEA intends to add five substances under review in the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Conventions into the Environmental Protection and Management Act

On August 30, 2021, the National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA) released a proposal of national legislations for five chemicals that are being reviewed as new controlled substances in the …

Beijing issues water consumption standards for vehicle production

Water intake calculation method, two levels of water allowances, etc. introduced for aiming water conservation

The Beijing Municipal Administration for Market Regulation on June 21 issued local standards called the “Norm of water intake—Part 15: Vehicle manufacturing” (DB11/T 1764.15—2021). These standards are put into effect …

Thailand bans import of plastic wastes within 5 yrs

The Pollution Control Department (PCD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand established a “Notification of Pollution Control Department regarding the Definitions of Plastic Wastes and Plastic Scraps B.E. …

Roadmap to become carbon neutral by 2065 in Malaysia

Shell Malaysia published “The Tree, The Sky, The Sun: A Pathway towards Malaysia’s Carbon Neutral Future”

On July 6, 2021, Shell Malaysia, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, held an online forum on a booklet entitled “The Tree, The Sky, The Sun: A Pathway towards Malaysia’s …

China announces legislative plan for 2021

Regulations on groundwater and carbon trading are under consideration

The General Office of China’s State Council on May 27 announced its legislative plan for 2021. The plan contains 18 draft laws to be submitted to the congress as well …

Japan, METI releases interim report on regulations for fuel cell vehicles

Aiming to create a safe platform for a new hydrogen society and to resolve issues that have emerged as the introduction of fuel cell vehicles has expanded

On June 28, 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) released an interim report on the state of regulations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV). In the report, current …

MEPS for air cleaners announced in Taiwan

On June 11, 2021, Bureau of Energy, Ministry of economic affairs, Taiwan, officially announced the “Requirements on Minimum Energy Performance Standard, Energy Efficiency Rating Labeling and Inspection for Air Cleaners” …

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, …

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 …