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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.”