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Beijing ranks top in environmental competitiveness

By Tong Shu (Beijing Daily)

16:10, December 14, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

According to the green paper released yesterday by the Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, Beijing ranks first among 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in environmental impact competitiveness.

The Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences published the latest edition of the green paper Report on China’s Provincial Environmental Competitiveness Development yesterday.

Environmental competitiveness is assessed by five secondary indicators, including ecological environment, resource environment, environment management, environmental coordination and environmental impact. Beijing ranked third, rising two places from last year.

Unlike GDP ranking, the concept of environmental competitiveness emphasizes the coordinated development between the environment and the economic society and highlights the existing and potential environmental impact.

The green paper has made a comprehensive environmental competitiveness ranking for 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the Chinese mainland according to their respective actual situations of environmental development from 2008 to 2009.

The assessment system includes one primary indicator, five secondary indicators, 14 tertiary indicators and 135 quaternary indicators. This ranking is an important research result of the National Economic Comprehensive Competitiveness Research Center in 2011.

The environmental impact competitiveness includes two tertiary indicators, namely, environmental security competitiveness and environmental quality competitiveness. And Beijing ranks first and second place in the two indicators, respectively.

The environmental security competitiveness includes 10 specific indicators, such as the area, quantity and losses of natural disasters and the incidence of diseases, pests and rats in the forest. The environmental quality competitiveness also includes 10 specific indicators, such as per capita industrial exhaust emissions, per capita soot emissions, per capita industrial dust, per capita domestic sewage discharge and per capita pesticide usage.

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