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 …

Thailand amended rules for factory operation in industrial estates

to strengthern enforcement of environmental requirements

On 1 September 2020, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) announced “Regulations of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand: Governing Rules, Procedures and Conditions …

Thailand published Standard of CSR for industry

Department of Industrial Works (DIW), Ministry of Industry, Thailand announced “Notification of Department of Industrial Works (B.E. 2563 (2020)): Standard of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR-DIW)” dated on 2 June 2020. …

Vietnam to strengthen plastic waste management

Prime Minister enacts direction specializing for reuse, recycle, treatment and reduction of plastic waste

On August 20th, 2020, Vietnam legislated the “Directive 33/CT-TTg on strengthening reuse, recycle, treatment and reduction of plastic waste”, setting the policy for promulgating various new regulations or amending existing …

Vietnam sets goals and tasks against climate change

Implementation schedule to climate change adaptation for 2021-2030 defined

On July 20, 2020, the Prime Minister Decision “No. 1055/QD-TTg on the national plan for climate change adaptation for the period of 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050” were enacted, …

Thailand PCD’s 3-Years Action Plan (part 1)

In Thailand, Royal Decree on Good Governance and Administrative Procedures (No. 2) B.E. 2562, required all government agencies to prepare its own action plan. By establishing a five-year plan which …

Amendment to Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Designation Order in Japan

New substances were added to each category, 2 to the “Poisonous Substances” category and 14 to the “Deleterious Substances” category

In Japan, a decree partially amending the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Designation Order was promulgated in the Official Gazette on June 24, 2020, and came into force on July 1, …

India undertakes incentives for mitigating air pollution

On November 22, 2019, India’s Press Information Bureau reported that central government has undertaken various regulatory measures for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution. For instance, Action Plans for …