Bright prospects seen in green industries
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