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Measures on Open Environmental Information (Trial)

Scope of Application

Measures for Chinese companies and environmental protection departments.


Offers specific measures to coordinate and supervise the disclosure of environmental information.

Key Points on Stakeholder Engagement

Chinese Environmental Protection Departments should: 

  • Coordinate and assess the disclosure of their environmental information. 


Developers and Contractors should: 

  • Voluntarily disclose the following information:
    • Their environmental principles, targets, and results.
    • Annual natural resource consumption; investment in environmental protection.
    • The type, amount, toxicity, and destination of discharged pollutants.
    • Environmental protection facilities for construction and operation.
    • Management of waste material.
    • Any agreement with an environmental protection department to improve environmental conduct.
Key Points on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Chinese Environmental Protection Departments should: 

  • Proactively disclose the following information:
    • Environmental protection laws, regulations, rules, standards, and other regulatory documents.
    • Environmental protection plans.
    • Environmental quality conditions.
    • Environmental statistics and environmental investigation information.
    • Emergency response plans and forecasts.
    • Pollution targets and assessments.
    • The reviewed environmental impact assessment (EIA) documentation.
    • Fees levied on the discharge of pollutants.
    • A list of companies that have discharged pollutants exceeding environmental standards or have been responsible for major, large-scale environmental pollution accidents.
    • Inspection and approval results of environmental protection projects.
Applies to
February 2007
State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) (now Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE))
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