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SPC Issues Judicial Policy on Carbon Peak and Neutrality

Mon, 10 Apr 2023
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 16 Feb. 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued the “Opinions on Providing Judicial Services for Actively and Steadily Promoting Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality by Fully, Accurately and Comprehensively Implementing the New Development Concept” (关于完整准确全面贯彻新发展理念 为积极稳妥推进碳达峰碳中和提供司法服务的意见).

According to the SPC in this judicial policy:

  • Chinese courts will focus on cases related to energy conservation and emission reduction, low-carbon technology, carbon trading, and sustainable finance.
  • Chinese courts will focus on cases of ecological and environmental infringement disputes over greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, the infringers are entitled to voluntarily purchase China Certified Emission Reduction (CCER) and write it off in the Carbon Emission Trading Market or buy other carbon sink products to offset the loss of carbon sink.
  • Chinese courts will focus on cases over carbon emission quotas and CCER trading disputes and support concluding trade contracts of carbon emissions, carbon emission quota, CCER, etc.



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