The World Bank has awarded the People’s Republic of China a $15 million
grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support reduction of
dioxins from its pulp and paper industry, according to a report in Asian Scientist.
The World Bank sponsored project will focus on demonstrating best
available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) in four
existing non-wood mills which typify the most commonly used non-wood fiber material
in China: straw, reed, bamboo, and bagasse.
Support will also be provided to strengthen the government’s capacity in
monitoring and enforcement of a national dioxin standard issued recently. Based
on the results of the demonstration projects, China will develop a long-term
national action plan to scale up efforts and further control the formation and
release of UPOPs from both the wood and non-wood pulp sectors.
“China has been very proactive in identifying and tackling its POPs
issues since its signing of the Stockholm Convention in 2004,” says World Bank
Senior Environmental Specialist Jiang Ru and task manager of the project. “As
the first project working on unintentionally produced POPs from its industrial
sectors, this project will showcase how industrial sectors can address POPs
without compromising their competitiveness.”