(Yicai Global) Dec. 6 -- An environmental protection tax is to be levied under China’s 13th five-year plan for environmental protection, the State Council, China’s cabinet, announced. The plan also puts total coal consumption in key areas under strict control.
Levying a new tax is necessary to advance the reform in resource tax and gradually expand the tax coverage to all natural and ecological spaces, the plan says. It also envisages implementing preferential tax policies on environmental protection, ecological construction and development and application of new energy. It brings in new policies and improvements for decommissioning facilities and venues for centralized disposal of extremely hazardous wastes.
The plan sets negative growth in coal consumption as target in such regions as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Shandong, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta and the top 10 cities with poor air quality that coal combustion caused.
The 13th five-year plan runs from 2016 to 2020.