China draws up new ‘special’ emission curbs on industries

In this April 3, 2014 file photo, machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. (AP)
Updated 21 January 2018
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China draws up new ‘special’ emission curbs on industries

SHANGHAI: China will impose “special emissions restrictions” on enterprises in major industrial sectors in the north of the country later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March.
To meet politically crucial air-quality targets last year, China forced 28 cities to cut concentrations of hazardous, breathable particles known as PM2.5 by 10-25 percent from October 2017 to March 2018.
But amid concerns that enterprises and local governments could lower their guard once short-term campaigns to meet air quality targets have been completed, China has been trying to “normalize compliance” and put firms under more permanent scrutiny and pressure.
In a notice published on its website late Friday, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said all new industrial projects in 28 key northern Chinese cities would now have to comply with even tougher emission curbs when undergoing environmental impact assessments from March 1.
Existing industrial boilers as well as facilities in sectors such as thermal power, steel, petrochemicals, chemicals, non-ferrous metals (excluding aluminum) and cement will be subject to tougher emission limits for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds from Oct. 1, the notice said.
Coking chemical plants will have longer to comply with the new restrictions, and will have to renovate by October 2019.
The notice said existing enterprises must take effective measures to comply with the new restrictions by the required deadline. If they fail to do so, they can be fined, ordered to restrict output or forced to shut down completely.
As part of the winter campaign, the 28 cities were subjected to an unprecedented central government inspection regime and have been under orders to cut industrial output, thin traffic and curb coal use in order to reduce smog buildups. All 28 met their targets in the final quarter of 2017.
China has been aiming to establish a nationwide, real-time, 24-hour monitoring system that puts firms under permanent pressure to comply with environmental rules, and it has also been trying to empower police and courts to take on persistent offenders.
— Reuters


Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

Updated 24 May 2018
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Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

LONDON: DHL Express, the world’s leading express logistics provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Egyptian football superstar Mohamed Salah to become brand ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the next two years.
The new collaboration will see the parties working together on a series of marketing activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that reinforce the synergies between the core values of DHL Express as a business and Mohamed Salah as a sportsman and youth-inspirer.
The announcement made late on Wednesday in northern England comes just weeks ahead of Salah’s campaign to lead the Egyptian national team at the World Cup in Russia.
DHL’s CEO in the Middle East and North Africa, Nour Suliman, told Arab News that he was very proud of collaborating with Salah.
“Our partnership with Mo Salah is unique as it is the first contract with an individual player, but also it is a testament to the synergy of core values DHL Express and Mo Salah share — leadership, commitment, teamwork, precision, agility, determination,” he said.
When asked by Arab News about the meaning of this partnership, Salah said: “I am very proud to be the first player to partner with DHL, and I am happy to collaborate with an international brand.”
DHL did not disclose the funds earmarked for its CSR initiatives to be spent in the MENA region, and its region’s CEO said the initialtives to be developed are still a work in progress.
However, DHL said it has already significantly contributed to the development of the countries they operate in within the MENA region.
The company’s work includes supporting charities, working to help orphans, youth development, care and education among other causes.