Beijing carbon emitters ignore key reporting deadline, question govt authority: Media
Published on Jun 13, 2014 4:05 PM
BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters) - More than a quarter of all companies covered by Beijing's municipal carbon laws ignored a key reporting deadline, the local media reported on Friday, with some powerful companies questioning the local government trading body's authority to regulate them.
Beijing's carbon trading market, one of six set up in China to rein in rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, caps carbon dioxide from nearly 500 local enterprises. Most of them must hand over permits to the government to cover for their emissions, while some must only report their CO2 levels.
But 140 of them missed an April deadline to submit a verified report of their 2013 emissions, local newspapers reported on Friday, a key to determining how many permits each firm must hand over to the government to cover for CO2 output.
Some of the companies implied that Beijing's Development and Reform Commission (DRC), which operates the scheme, did not have the authority to issue orders. "It ends up like this because they don't follow our rules and the document shown to us does not fit the requirements," Mr Zhou Jiancheng, vice-director of planning and statistics at the Beijing Railway Bureau, one of the companies that failed to submit the report, told newspaper Beijing Youth Daily.
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