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[Economic Daily] Committee Member, Chen Xiaohong: Pay Hundredfold Price for Growth at the Cost of Environment

2018-05-16 16:35:54

  Economic Daily-www.ce.cn News of Beijing on Mar. 7 (journalist: Yu Yue, in special column) Chen Xiaohong, a member of National Committee of CPPCC and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering said that China shouldn’t increase GDP at the price of environment because the environmental governance costs were likely to be dozens of times or hundredfold of GDP growth in the future when she was interviewed by journalist of Economic Daily-www.ce.cn during sessions of NCP and CPPCC in 2018.

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Chen Xiaohong, a member of National Committee of CPPCC and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, photographed by Wang Yan (Economic Daily-www.ce.cn)

China has started to levy environmental protection tax from enterprises since Jan. 1, 2018. As the first uniserial tax law reflecting “green tax system” and promoting the ecological civilization construction in China, what “influences” will environmental protection tax has on the enterprise.

“I don’t think this is a kind of ‘influence’ on enterprise because we must protect environment.” Said by Chen Xiaohong. InChina, the domestic and foreign enterprises shall pay attention to the environmental protection. Internationally, many countries considered environmental protection as priority among priorities. In such case,Chinashouldn’t increase GDP at the price of environment because the environmental governance costs were higher, reaching dozens of times or hundredfold of GDP growth.

In Chen Xiaohong’s opinion, some international projects were faced with the high energy consumption and pollution in the previous stage ofChina’s industrialization development. However, it was meaningless to attract the foreign investment in such way in the postindustrialism stage because the ecological and green development concept shall prevail. She appealed all sectors of society to think of later generations and adhere to the sustainable development concept in action.

Many committee members paid special attention to the related issues and hoped to push forward these jobs on Two Sessions. Chen Xiaohong told the journalist of Economic Daily-www.ce.cn that she submitted the proposals about ecological civilization standard system, urban resident garage classification work and establishment of market-based environment policy. “There are incentive, restrictive and punitive policies. But, these policies shall be matched with each other to provide the environmental and green operation concept for enterprises and carry out these policies in all aspects of production and manufacturing” said by Chen Xiaohong.

For more reports, please refer to “Push Through the Reform--Special Topics of Two Sessions in 2018”.

(Editor in charge: Wu Xiaojuan)

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