Responsibly Made in China – China’s Push for Green Manufacturing

China’s manufacturing industry which has been producing tones of waste is now embracing new innovation- green manufacturing, with the local government’s constant striving for products that are responsibly made in China.

For many decades the nation has been putting economic development as the priority at the cost of severe damages to the environment. It’s estimated that manufacturing industry is responsible for 70% of global environmental pollution as it produces over 6.2 billion tons of waste every year. As “Factory of the World”, China has been devoted to improving manufacturing system and transform to green manufacturing faced with international condemn of industrial pollution as well as the worsening of air quality in Chinese cities.

Green manufacturing greatly reduces the negative impacts on environment from all aspects of manufacturing, including the use of electricity and water, recyclable raw materials, etc, maximizing resource utilization and overall benefits.

Chinese government has launched a series of programs to stimulate green manufacturing, like building green industrial parks, green factories for ethical Chinese manufacturers and supply chains. In November 2018, the government released the third batch of green manufacturing, on the list were 21 prominent supply-chain management enterprises, 34 industrial parks, 391 green factories and 480 design products.

Changchun Fengyue company, one of the latest enlisted green enterprise belonging to FAW-Toyota, has taken lots of measures for energy saving and environmental protection. The company has invested over 20 million yuan to upgrade its equipment and technology. For example, 94 energy conservation and emission reduction programs are implemented, including water reuse, heating and air conditioning control system, coating heat energy recycling, etc. Such recycling and reuse technology is not only environmental friendly but also helps the company save money in the long term. The company produces 1,000 tons of waste water everyday, now one third of it is reused and recycled.

Lots of incentives are given by local government to encourage Chinese manufacturing facilities going green. In Henan province, green factories and industrial parks can get about 2 million yuan subsidies from local government. What’s more, the new trend of green supply chain maximizing utilization of resources and taking environmental impacts into consideration from suppliers to manufacturers to dealers and users has brought about not only economic returns but also social benefits.

In Shunde, which is located in the Southern city of Foshan, the concept of green supply chain is not new as many upstream and downstream manufacturers have come to realize the importance of going green and the joint efforts to finding a new profit growth opportunity.

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