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Title: China`s environmental labeling program

Abstract

China`s environmental labeling program was created because the government wanted to improve environmental management, and some Chinese enterprises expected that labeling would help eliminate non-tariff barriers for their exports and allow them to expand their domestic market shares. The labeling program, which is managed by the Chinese government, is a voluntary third-party certification system based on labeling procedures developed in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Thus far, China`s labeling program has increased consumer awareness of labeled products and encouraged some enterprises to adopt cleaner technologies in products that have close relationships with consumers` health. However, the effectiveness of the program is very limited because only a small number of product categories are included in the program, consumers` purchasing behavior in China has been influenced by environmental labels for only several types of products, and relatively few enterprises participate in this program. The following measures would improve the effectiveness of the labeling program: enhancing public awareness of environmental labeling and environmental protection, increasing the number of product categories involved in environmental labeling, displaying more information on labels, and integrating the labeling program into China`s efforts to promote cleaner production and to encourage compliance with ISO 14000 standards.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
696784
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 5-6; Other Information: PBD: Sep-Nov 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; CHINA; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; MARKET; TRADE; COMPLIANCE; POLLUTION; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Zhao, J., and Xia, Q. China`s environmental labeling program. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.1016/S0195-9255(99)00024-4.
Zhao, J., & Xia, Q. China`s environmental labeling program. United States. doi:10.1016/S0195-9255(99)00024-4.
Zhao, J., and Xia, Q. Wed . "China`s environmental labeling program". United States. doi:10.1016/S0195-9255(99)00024-4.
@article{osti_696784,
title = {China`s environmental labeling program},
author = {Zhao, J. and Xia, Q.},
abstractNote = {China`s environmental labeling program was created because the government wanted to improve environmental management, and some Chinese enterprises expected that labeling would help eliminate non-tariff barriers for their exports and allow them to expand their domestic market shares. The labeling program, which is managed by the Chinese government, is a voluntary third-party certification system based on labeling procedures developed in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Thus far, China`s labeling program has increased consumer awareness of labeled products and encouraged some enterprises to adopt cleaner technologies in products that have close relationships with consumers` health. However, the effectiveness of the program is very limited because only a small number of product categories are included in the program, consumers` purchasing behavior in China has been influenced by environmental labels for only several types of products, and relatively few enterprises participate in this program. The following measures would improve the effectiveness of the labeling program: enhancing public awareness of environmental labeling and environmental protection, increasing the number of product categories involved in environmental labeling, displaying more information on labels, and integrating the labeling program into China`s efforts to promote cleaner production and to encourage compliance with ISO 14000 standards.},
doi = {10.1016/S0195-9255(99)00024-4},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = 5-6,
volume = 19,
place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {9}
}