Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Ecology and Environment recently granted environmental impact assessment1 (EIA) exemptions3 for specified4 construction projects in an effort to improve the city's business environment.
The bureau made public the categories of projects that no longer need environmental impact assessment, covering projects concerning industries, social services, infrastructure5 and environmental governance.
Industrial constructions with simple manufacturing processes and minor6 pollution risks can be exempted7 from an EIA, such as food, textiles and garment manufacturing, and grain processing.
Social service projects providing special services and with less pollution, such as storage, logistics, restaurants and cafes producing no cooking fumes8 and schools, are on the exemption2 list.
Urban infrastructure projects including road building, footwalk greening projects and irrigation and water conservancy projects will also be free from assessment. Environmental protection supporting facilities are also listed.
"As part of the municipal government's efforts to optimize9 the business environment, the new regulation is able to simplify enterprises' approval procedure," said Yu Feilin, an official of the bureau.
"However, it doesn't mean that companies can shoulder no responsibility for environmental protection," Yu added, stressing that units undertaking10 projects should abide11 by the laws and regulations of environmental protection, meet emission12 standards and accept routine supervision13 and management.