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Burning trash into power is not sustainable; China should learn from Denmark and move away from incineration

By JJY As we have seen in the Sound Group case, China has embarked on a vast program to deal with the MSW issue – burn’em all! As incineration reduces waste volume significantly thus requires much less land, China raised the target incineration rate of garbage to 35% in the nation under the 12th five-year […]

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Success Factors of Sound Group

By Dafu The Chinese name of Sound sounds very much similar to the now insolvent solar panel producer Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. Both of these corporations were funded by renowned academics in their respective fields. The critical success factor for Sound Group, in my opinion, lies in three areas: First of all, the success […]

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The story behind the protest in China against planned incineration plants

By Y. C. People in China have made it very clear that incineration plants are not welcomed there. They would rather have landfills and coal fired plants, even though those facilities cause severe ground water contamination and air pollution. But as a comparison, China’s neighbor Japan has above 75% of its waste incinerated, and only […]

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Forget Oil. Fight for Water!

By Fabian According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the US is set to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer by 2017. It is forecasted by the World Energy Outlook 2012 to become a net oil exporter by 2030. Meanwhile its European ancestors drive a heavy political agenda to […]

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Waste-to-Power Plants in China – A high risk of environmental failure

By Geoff Finger In Horsholm, Denmark, waste incinerators provide up to 80% of heat and 20% of required electricity. Countries like Denmark – Germany is the most kindred example – have capitalized on effective recycling programs and progressive voters to implement clean and effectively regulated waste to power incinerators. However, the adaptation of the incinerators […]

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Can China’s entrepreneurs help meet the nation’s ambitious energy targets?

By Thomas With our recent class revolving around environmental issues in China, it is clear that in addition to waste and water, energy is of paramount importance to the government and its continued GDP growth. This blog post will lay out a few of the issues in this area and make a case for entrepreneurs […]

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Watch China for a Water Strategy

By Anonymous Our discussion last week showed how critical water is for agricultural production and that not only can market innovations allocate water more efficiently, but also that a water shortage is looming and governments do not have a clear strategy. Largely absent from this discussion was the fact that water is needed for more […]

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In Designing its Policy for Waste Removal, China Should Look to Europe

By Lauren Burrows As China struggles to deal with rapid urbanization and removal of increasing levels of municipal solid waste (“MSW”), it should look to Europe as its model. Because Europe has historically been space constrained and has not had the flexibility to build more landfills “out of sight and out of mind,” as has […]

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Great hope for technical innovation in the Nuclear Industry? Not without China on-board

Great hope for technical innovation in the Nuclear Industry? Not without China on-board By Geoff Finger In early February, Duke Energy announced the closing of its Crystal River nuclear plant. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the U.S., plans to replace the idled plant with a gas-fired power plant. Although the cause […]

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