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Announcing the Release of the Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) in English

We are pleased to release the English version of our 2008-09 Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI), a collaboration between the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As you may recall, PITI is an evaluation and ranking of environmental transparency in 113 Chinese cities. We released these results (in Chinese) last summer and the response has been very positive.

At the end of last year, we learned that China Economic Times, an influential national Chinese newspaper, selected PITI as one of the top ten environmental events of 2009, saying:

[PITI] can be called a model of non-governmental organizations playing their role of supervising government. Here, NGOs have not simply relied on passion and a spirit of protecting environmental interests, but have drawn from the power of expertise, and used legal channels and dialogue with the government. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Assessing the State of Environmental Transparency in China

I was in Weihai (en), a 2.5 million person city in eastern Shandong Province, last month to talk about environmental transparency with more than 50 government officials and scholars from around China.  As far as I am aware, this is the largest gathering to date of Chinese government officials focused on implementation of China’s Open Government Information Regulations and Open Environmental Information Measures, which went into effect on May 1, 2008. The workshop in Weihai, which we co-sponsored with Environmental Protection Magazine, the Wendeng Municipal Government and the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), was a chance for government … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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NRDC Fact Sheet: Cutting Through the Fog with China’s First Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI)

We have a new fact sheet out on transparency and climate change in China. You can download it here from the NRDC website.

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Developing a coordinated international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions requires, among other things, that countries have confidence in each others’ capacity to monitor and mitigate their GHG emissions. Reliable emissions data in turn relies on the existence of governance systems that make energy and environmental information transparent and publicly available. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Recent Environmental Law and Public Participation News

Chinese cities respond to information transparency index (Google translation)
The IPE and NRDC-sponsored Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) generated media attention when the information disclosure rankings of 113 Chinese cities were released last June. Since that time, local city governments have noticed the report. Ma Jun, the head of IPE, noted that sixteen cities have replied to the pollution report, with several seeking additional advice and offering feedback. (Source: China Economic Times)
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CCTV-9’s Dialogue Focuses on Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI)

Ma Jun, director of the Institute for Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), and I appeared on the August 23, 2009 edition of CCTV-9’s Dialogue television program to discuss the Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI), our effort with IPE to evaluate and rank government environmental information transparency in 113 Chinese cities (see here for background).


I note a few highlights after the jump, but please feel free to take a look at the entire show. Let us know what you think. We are continuing to work on a full report of our findings, which will be released in early 2010. Environmental transparency has critical implications for pollution in China (including recent heavy metal accidents around the country) and climate change discussions going forward (as I note here).
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Environmental Transparency in China: the First Annual Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) and Implications for Climate Change

The First Annual Pollution Information Transparency Index In partnership with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), we launched a Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) last month on June 3rd.  This is China’s first index to evaluate environmental information transparency in 113 cities around China.  We are now providing for the first time an English translation of our initial PITI findings. One of the central findings of our research concerns what we termed China’s “All-Star Team.” The point here is that if we look at the top performers in each category of transparency we evaluated, we find some Chinese … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(1)

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