1st Edition

China’s Environmental Solutions Policies, Technologies, and Perspectives

By Rolf Schmid, Xin Xiong Copyright 2024
    262 Pages 46 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    262 Pages 46 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    Concomitant with a rapid increase in population and an unprecedented growth of the economy, China came to endure an alarming level of environmental damgae. In response, environmental legislation was tightened and massive environmental projects were initiated. As a result, China's environment and ecosystems are begining to recover. At the same time, the country is continuing on its growth path, making an above-average contriubtion to the global emission of greenhouse gases, not least becuase of the heavy use of coal as a source of energy. The world's second-largest economy aims to halt this trend by rapidly building sustainable and clean energy resources and has committed itself to being carbon neutral by 2060. in this process, "beautiful China" intends to become the global role model of a "digital civilization" based on science and technology. This book describes the stakeholders, programs, and achievements along this path and provides an outlook on pertinent developments in the years to come.

    1. Geography

    2. People

    3. Environmental History

    4. Polluters and Stakeholders

    5. Cleaning Up: Air, Water, Waste

    6. Eco-Restoration

    7. Climate Change and Decarbonization

    8. Megatrends

    9. International Issues

    10. Next Steps


    Rolf Schmid is professor emeritus at the University of Stuttgart, Germany; honorary professor at Nanjing Tech University, China; and founder of Bio4Business, Germany. He studied biochemistry at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany and obtained his MBA from the University of Reutlingen, Germany. For 35 years, Prof. Dr  Schmid has led teams on biotechnology research and development in various German industries, at the Technical Universities of Braunschweig and Stuttgart, at Helmholtz Center, and at Fraunhofer Institute. He has 400 publications, 6 books, and about 80 patents or patent applications to his credit.

    Xin Xiong is a group leader for biofunctionalized surfaces at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI), University of Tuebingen, Reutlingen, Germany. He earned his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart. He worked as a  postdoctoral scientist at the Institute of Technical Biochemistry, Stuttgart University, and at the Institute for Experimental Internal Medicine, University Hospital Magdeburg, Germany. His research focuses on biomaterials for medical and biotechnological approaches, in particular, on collagen-based biomaterials for regenerative medicine and enzyme immobilization.