In October 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) reported to China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, on a notable rise in environmental cases handled by Chinese courts, emphasizing international collaboration for environmental justice principles.
Environmental Law 环境法
In October 2023, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, promulgated the newly revised Marine Environment Protection Law, which imposes stricter regulations on activities in the marine environment and prohibits certain discharges and dumping.
The “Several Provisions on the Participation of People’s Assessors with Expertise in the Trial of Cases involving Environmental Resource” (关于具有专门知识的人民陪审员参加环境资源案件审理的若干规定), newly issued by China’s Supreme People’s Court, came into effect on 1 Aug. 2023.
In June 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued Environment and Resources Adjudication of China (2022) with typical cases and released data on environmental protection cases heard by Chinese courts in 2022.
In June 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released twelve typical cases on wetland ecological conservation.
In May 2023, China issued the “Announcement of Matters Concerning the Implementation of the China VI Emission Standards for Vehicles”. China will ban the production, import and sale of vehicles that fail to meet the China VI-b emission standards.
In February 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court released ten Typical Cases on Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality, including the one where a Bitcoin mining service contract was ruled null and void.
In 2023, under China’s Supreme People’s Court’s recently issued policy on carbon peak and carbon neutrality, 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.
In September 2022, a local court in Beijing issued a pre-trial conduct preservation order to stop noise nuisance,2 the first pre-trial injunction of its kind in Chinese judicial practice.
In the first three quarters of 2020, the prosecutions for wildlife crimes increased significantly.