05 | 2014 | Cleaner Safer China

Cleaner! Safer! China?

"In this edition of the German Chamber Ticker we describe measures to reduce a factory’s air pollution through air filtration systems, new trends in the building industry, how pioneer entrepreneurs have succeeded in creating model enterprises for environmentally-friendly production, and how Chinese people are beginning to expect a greener daily life.
We hope that this edition of our German Chamber Ticker can provide you with a different perspective on China’s environmental challenges, the steps it is taking to address them, and some first success stories along the way to a cleaner, safer China."

Stefan Rosenbohm - Chairman of the Board, GCC South & Southwest China

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Cover Story 1 - From Zero to Hero

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How Today's China is Turning Green

by JOHN PABON

“The East is Grey”
“As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes”
“Extinction by Traditional Chinese Medicine – An Environmental Disaster”

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Cover Story 2 - The Carbon Market

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China's Emissions Trading Scheme Takes Off

by WENJING ZHAN

Emissions trading is a market-based instrument for climate change mitigation. In an emissions trading scheme (ETS), the regulator defines an upper limit, or cap, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that may be emitted in defined sectors.

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Cover Story 3 - Clearing the Air

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Investing in Ending the Airpocalypse

by HERVE GALICHON

For anyone who has experienced Chinese cities during air pollution peaks, “Nuclear Winter,” “Airpocalypse” and “Hazardous Air Quality” may seem like very accurate descriptions of the pea-soup smog that regularly darkens the air.

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Cover Story 4 - Instant House: Just Add Pre-Fab

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Bright Outlook for Sino-German Cooperation Projects in Building Industrialization

by BETTY TIAN - econtet china

"I'm sorry, sir, the hotel has been fully booked. But if it is not particularly urgent, please wait for a moment; we are going to build a new one next door." This joke turned into reality when in late December 2011, a 30-storey building in Hunan was built within 360 hours, or a mere 15 days.

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Cover Story 5 - Clean Up Your Act

Cleaning the Air in Your Factory can Save Operational Costs - and the Environment

by PARISA JAVADIAN NAMIN

A new World Health Organization report, which was released in March 2014, stated that in 2012 around 7mn people died as a result of air pollution exposure. This means that a staggering one out of eight global deaths were caused by air pollution.

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Cover Story 6 - Castles in the Air

Mr. Laurie Chetwood on Wuhan's Phoenix Towers

by CAITLIN WAGGONER

Chetwoods, an architectural firm founded by Mr. Laurie Chetwood in 1988, recently made headlines for their new project: twin “Phoenix Towers” which are meant to become an international symbol of the city of Wuhan.

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In the Spotlight - Eco-Consciousness: More than Just Skin Deep - Interview with Mr. Tom Schneider, CEO of TanTec Leather

Eco-Consciousness: More than Just Skin Deep

Interview with Mr. Tom Schneider, CEO of TanTec Leather

by OLIVER REGNER and FABIENNE PRIVAT

Mr. Tom Schneider, the CEO of TanTec Leather, has been called a pioneer in eco-friendly leather tanning. Starting with an apprenticeship in Germany to become a master tanner, he has dedicated his life to transforming the leather tanning industry by creating an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, as well as an all-around eco-friendly environment in his factories.

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Feature 1 - Shanghai FTZ - Legal Update

Regulations of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Released

by DR. ULRIKE GLUECK and ADA TONG

On 25th July 2014, the 14th Meeting of the 14th Shanghai Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the Regulations of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (The Regulations).

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Feature 2 - World of Word-Craft

Crafting your Communications in a Crisis

by LEA ZHANG

To the Chinese, a “fan tai sui” year means a year full of changes, uncertainties, challenges, risks or even danger. Every 12 years, you have a “fan tai sui” year, which is full of obstacles that require loads of luck and work to overcome.

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Feature 3 - Paging Dr. Mittelstand

Opportunities in the Chinese Healthcare Sector for EU SMEs

by ERICA LIN

The recently updated healthcare report by the EU SME Centre highlights China as one of the world’s most attractive healthcare markets, with the largest growth opportunities on earth for SMEs with experience in the well-established European healthcare market.

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Feature 4 - You Rang?

Thomas Kaufmann on the Rise of the Chinese Butler

by ANNIKA BEIFUSS

When we hear the word “butler,” we think of Englishmen with impeccable manners dressed in tail coats. We expect them to be highly discreet, punctual, well educated, and devoted to their employers. The butler of our imagination is, at his heart, a quintessentially Victorian character. So what might he look like in the 21st century?

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