Beijing, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- Liu Zhiquan, director of the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment and Emission Management of China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told reporters in Beijing on 26 September that from January to August this year, a total of 26,1 environmental impact assessments were approved nationwide, an increase of 8 percent over the same period last year, involving a total investment of 8.09 trillion yuan (RMB, the same below).

Liu Zhiquan said that the Ministry of Ecology and Environment earnestly shoulders the responsibility of the ecological environment department in promoting high-quality development, and on the basis of strictly abiding by the bottom line of ecological environmental protection, it has made efforts to do a good job in environmental impact assessment and guarantee of major infrastructure projects such as transportation, energy, water conservancy and hydropower.

First, from the perspective of national EIA approvals, the number of EIA approvals and the total investment involved have increased significantly. From January to August this year, a total of 1,8 EIA approvals were completed nationwide, a year-on-year increase of 8%, involving a total investment of 09.13 trillion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 14.7%. Among them, infrastructure, new energy, environmental governance and other projects have grown rapidly.

Second, from the perspective of major projects approved by the state, major infrastructure projects such as transportation, energy, water conservancy and hydropower have been accelerated. It has approved 20 environmental impact assessments for major projects such as transportation, energy, water conservancy and hydropower, involving a total investment of more than 2600 billion yuan. Among them, in terms of transportation, this year has reviewed the environmental impact assessment of 11 ports, railways, subways, etc., including intercity railways in Fujian Province, and adopted strict ecological protection, fully enclosed sound barrier noise prevention and control measures, etc., to effectively safeguard the ecological safety of regional sea areas and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the public along the route.

In terms of energy, this year it has reviewed the planning environmental impact assessments of 15 coal mining areas including Junger in Inner Mongolia, approved 8 major coal mine projects such as the Hongshaquan No. 12 open-pit coal mine, bypassed important sensitive areas such as national public welfare forests and ecological protection red lines, and adopted strict measures such as water retention and coal mining and ecological restoration. Up to now, more than 47% of the projects approved by Baosheng Coal Mine have been approved, involving an average annual production capacity of <>.<> billion tons, helping to ensure national energy security.

According to reports, in terms of water conservancy and hydropower, eight major water conservancy and hydropower projects, including the Yellow River Guxian Water Conservancy Hub Project, the Guangxi Water Resources Allocation Project around Beibu Bay, the Bailongjiang Water Diversion Project, and the Dadu River Laoyingyan Secondary Hydropower Station, which are planned to be started this year, have been approved for environmental assessment, and some have already started construction to form physical workloads.

Liu Zhiquan said that in the next step, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will continue to implement the "three ledgers" for EIA approval (that is, the list of EIA approval services for major projects at the national, local and foreign levels) and the green channel mechanism, and work with local governments to speed up the review and approval, so as to create conditions for major projects to start construction as soon as possible. (End)