Bright prospects seen in green in­dus­tries

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing’s green in­dus­tries, par­tic­u­larly those fo­cused on re­cy­cling and waste pro­cess­ing, could be worth 250 bil­lion yuan ($37.5 bil­lion) by 2020, ac­cord­ing to a mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial.

Zhang Guan­glian, deputy di­rec­tor of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Science and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mis­sion, said the cap­i­tal in­tends to em­ploy a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies­bytheend­ofthe13thFiveYear Plan Pe­riod (2016-20), from waste­water man­age­ment to plas­tic re­cy­cling.

“Bei­jing has laid out a plan to de­velop cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, such as pro­cess­ing wa­ter and solid waste, to fuel growth in re­lated in­dus­tries,” he said.

“Such tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion will fuel com­pa­nies to reach their goals.”

By next year, there will be 20 ma­jor in­no­va­tion projects, ac­cord­ing to the cap­i­tal’s Ac­tion Plan on Tech­no­log­i­cal In­no­va­tion (2014-17), some of which will help im­prove the qual­ity of the wa­ter dis­charged

Oth­ers projects have helped make it eas­ier for res­i­dents to re­cy­cle house­hold items such as plas­tic bot­tles, elec­tron­ics and clothes.

Au­to­matic re­cy­cling ma­chines for plas­tic bot­tles be­gan to ap­pear in Bei­jing in 2012, al­low­ing users to de­posit empty bot­tles and get paid di­rectly through their smart­phones. Th­ese have en­cour­aged more peo­ple to get in­volved with en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ef­forts, ac­cord­ing to Liu Xuesong, deputy man­ager of the Bei­jing-based Yingchuang Re­cy­cling Co and

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