February 7, 2005

Chinese language P2 Handbook will support clean development

The World Bank's Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook, a publication internationally recognized for its industry sector guidelines for sustainable development, has been translated into Chinese to support China's efforts to manage its rapid development in a sustainable manner. Through a licensing agreement with the World Bank and as part of a China-Canada Co-operation Project in Cleaner Production, the translation was completed by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in partnership with Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). EDC provided financial support for the translation of the Handbook, which was overseen by Qi Hongwei of the China-Canada Cleaner Production Project Office of the NDRC.

"The Chinese version of the Handbook will generate common understanding of international standards for thousands of Chinese and foreign companies that are contributing to China's development," said Art FitzGerald, EDC's chief environmental advisor and a co-author of the Handbook's industry sector guidelines. "The Handbook will be a useful resource in China's efforts to establish cleaner production nationwide," he added.

The English version of the Handbook is a standard reference on sustainable development practices. It contains 40 industry sector guidelines based on cleaner production, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, reduced use of resources, and sound management practices. The Handbook is used by international financial institutions, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, the 28 private financial institutions that are signatory to the Equator Principles, industry and consultants, national governments and non-governmental organizations.

The Chinese version of the Handbook is an important tool for industry to meet the requirements of China's new Cleaner Production Promotion law, which went into effect in 2003. The CIDA office of the China-Canada Cooperation Project in Cleaner Production supported an initial printing of 10,000 Chinese language copies for distribution to Chinese industry, while and a co-operative effort involving CIDA, the EDC and the NDRC resulted in the electronic version on the NDRC cleaner production Web site. The NDRC will monitor future revisions and additions to the Handbook and will update the Chinese version which will be available online in March 2005 at www.chinacp.org.cn/.

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