Ministry of Ecology and Environment: Local governments have no right to restrict project owners from participating in emission reduction transactions


2021-11-25: [Article Link] The relevant person in charge of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on the 25th that the rights and interests of project owners participating in voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are protected by national laws, local governments have no right to restrict or repossess the legitimate rights and interests of project owners participating in emission reduction transactions. At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, a reporter asked that recently, some places have put forward Carbon Index control requirements for new energy and renewable energy projects such as local wind power photovoltaic. For example, it is required that the authority of the carbon indicators contained in the current and under construction of the wind and electricity projects belong to it, and the use and trading must be approved by the municipal government, and the proceeds belong to the location of the project, it has caused great controversy in society. What is the comment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment? In response to this issue, Lu Xinming, deputy director of the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, responded that new energy and renewable energy projects such as wind power and photovoltaics participate in the greenhouse gas voluntary emission reduction trading mechanism, the state has issued relevant institutional documents to regulate. He said that in 2012, own country issued the Interim Measures for the management of voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions, clarifying the greenhouse gas voluntary emission reduction trading mechanism to support the quantitative verification of the greenhouse gas emission reduction effects of renewable energy and other projects, the certified emission reductions can be traded in the market and have played an active role in promoting the development of renewable energy and ecological protection compensation, it also plays an important role in the national carbon emissions trading market. "We have also noticed that some local documents have recently issued documents restricting carbon indicators related to new energy and renewable energy projects such as wind power and photovoltaics, and the project income belongs to the project location. In this regard, I would like to emphasize two points." Lu Xin Ming said that, He said: first, the rights and interests of project owners participating in voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are protected by national laws, and local governments have no right to restrict or regain the legitimate rights and interests of project owners in participating in emission reduction transactions. Second, voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are national transactions, and local governments should not introduce "local protection" policies that are contrary to relevant national policies. On November 22, the Henan Provincial Development and Reform Commission issued a notice requesting the smooth and orderly promotion of roof photovoltaic power generation construction. The notice stated that it is necessary to guide the leading enterprises and the upstream and downstream enterprises of the industrial chain to strengthen cooperation in accordance with the principle of marketization, and avoid behaviors such as circle without construction, false propaganda, and unqualified construction. China's building roof resources are rich, widely distributed, the development of building roof distributed photovoltaic potential is huge. The Comprehensive Department of the National Energy Administration issued the "Notice on Subbing the Pilot Program for the Development of Roof of the Whole County (City, District)" earlier, and introduced that the entire county (city, district) will promote the construction of roof distributed photovoltaic, it is conducive to the integration of resources to achieve intensive development, reduce power peak load, save and optimize distribution network investment, guide residents to green energy consumption, is to achieve "carbon peak," Carbon Neutrality "and the important measures of the two national strategies for rural revitalization. The Paper noted that Dengzhou City, Henan Province, as a pilot area, has previously issued a notice prohibiting enterprises from disrupting the local roof pilot development work. The Dengzhou Development and Reform Commission issued the "Notice on Suspension of Part of the City's Roof Photovoltaic Projects" in early November mentioned that in order to effectively protect and rationally and orderly develop and utilize the city's roof resources, successfully completed the task of the provincial roof distributed photovoltaic development pilot city, contributing to the county economic development and financial income increase, according to the relevant requirements, with the consent of the municipal Party committee and municipal government leaders, decided to suspend the city-wide roof photovoltaic project work using its own roof. The notice also emphasizes that the development and construction of roof resources in the city is coordinated by the municipal level, unified planning and step-by-step implementation. It is strictly forbidden for companies that have not been recognized by the municipal government to develop roof distributed photovoltaic projects by leasing farmers' roofs and enterprise roofs, disrupting the pilot development of roofs in Dengzhou. A staff member of the Dengzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission recently introduced to The Paper that Dengzhou City has established a leading group for the promotion of the pilot project of rooftop photovoltaic development to make overall plans for the specific deployment of this work. "Because at this stage, some small companies and farmers have signed contracts, the installed photovoltaic facilities have potential safety hazards, and it is difficult to maintain in the later stage, so the work of the roof photovoltaic project is suspended. At present, Dengzhou city has begun to unified bidding, more than a dozen enterprises to participate in the bid, will eventually end up in 2 to 4 the company won the bid, the work of the State Council shall be responsible for the Dengzhou city rooftop solar photovoltaic project operations." Henan Province Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) 1Jan 22nd notification referred to in the first 10 months of this year, the province photovoltaic newly installed capacity 2.08 million kW to sustain third in the country of the favorable situation. All localities should continue to maintain the favorable environment and good atmosphere of roof photovoltaic construction in the province, take the interests of the masses first, and seize the window of the financial subsidy policy for household photovoltaic projects at the end of this year, in conjunction with power grid enterprises, we should take the initiative to do a good job in services, and shall not add conditions at will in the statutory filing procedures at will, and shall not suspend or suspend the filing of existing projects and power grid access on the grounds of carrying out pilot projects. The pilot construction of rooftop photovoltaic throughout the county should follow the principle of "Five No" of the National Energy Administration and grasp the focus of the work of local competent departments, not only to regulate corporate behavior, there is no shortage in protecting the interests of the masses, nor can it be offside in the legal procedures of project management and bundling supporting industries. The "five noes" of the National Energy Administration are "voluntary non-compulsory, pilot projects are not approved, in place is not offside, competition is not monopolized, and work is not suspended". September this year the National Energy Administration and the notice of the General Affairs Department of the State Post zheng xian (city, district) roof distributed photovoltaic development pilot list referred to, all pilot areas to improve the new energy development and construction business environment, reduce the non-technical Cost of roof distributed photovoltaic development and construction, and reduce the burden of investment and development enterprises. During the pilot process, it is not allowed to suspend or suspend the filing of other projects and power grid access on the grounds of carrying out the pilot project. For those who do not implement national policies in the pilot process, arbitrarily attach conditions, and increase the cost of enterprise development and construction in disguised form, the pilot qualification will be canceled. Non-pilot counties (cities, districts) continue to carry out the development and construction of various photovoltaic power generation projects in accordance with existing relevant regulations. It is worth mentioning that recently, the "Notice on Suspension of the Filing of New Photovoltaic Power Generation Projects" circulated on the Internet by the Development and Reform Commission of Changde City, Hunan Province has also aroused heated discussion. The notice mentioned that in accordance with the requirements of the Provincial Development and Reform Commission's "Notice on the Development and Utilization of Wind and Optical Resources in the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Committee organized all districts, counties and cities to declare the wind and light projects to be developed during the 14th Five-Year Plan. Through preliminary investigation, the declared projects of various districts, counties and cities far exceed the capacity of the power grid. In order to promote the healthy and orderly development of new energy in the city and guide enterprises to invest rationally, it has been decided after research, the city suspended the filing of new photovoltaic power generation projects (including the ground and roof), and then started after the city's "14th Five-Year Plan" development project is clarified. Except for Wuling District, which has been included in the pilot scope of the whole county roof photovoltaic. A person in charge of the Energy Department of the Development and Reform Commission of Changde City recently introduced to The Paper that one of the reasons for the suspension of the filing is that the company that plans to build photovoltaic wind power projects in Changde City has conducted a preliminary survey, it is found that the photovoltaic wind power project that needs to be built far exceeds the capacity of the grid. In addition, the city leaders also plan to find out the resource potential of the city's new energy, see how many wind power projects Changde can develop, and then entrust the Changde City Development and Reform Commission to carry out the city's new energy development and utilization planning. The "Notice on Further Clarifying the Requirements for the Filing of Roof Photovoltaic Projects" issued by the Shaoguan Municipal Development and Reform Bureau that month shows that according to the deployment of the municipal Party committee and municipal government, combined with the current city's new energy development plan, new energy industry investment promotion and rural revitalization strategy needs, in order to promote the construction of roof photovoltaic in a safe and orderly manner, to achieve large-scale development, after research and decision, Shaoguan City in addition to residential distributed roof photovoltaic projects, suspend the filing and construction of all commercial rooftop photovoltaic projects (except for projects under construction). Recently, a staff member of the Electric Power Section of Shaoguan Development and Reform Bureau said in an interview that the suspension of filing is to better implement national policies. Before that, many enterprises have applied for the installation of roof photovoltaic facilities, but because of the power grid capacity and safety problems, Shaoguan development and Reform Bureau decided to suspend the record. "If a swarm of people go to (photovoltaic), the impact on the power grid is great." The staff member said that at present, various counties and districts in Shaoguan are exploring the number of companies that need to install photovoltaic panels. According to the situation, it is necessary to re-plan the construction of power grids and replace transformers. Staff said that at present in Shaoguan city has been a county area to complete the investigation work is expected to December this year early struggle to return to the State Council for the record.


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Ministry of Ecology and Environment: Local governments have no right to restrict project owners from participating in emission reduction transactions


2021-11-25: [Article Link] The relevant person in charge of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on the 25th that the rights and interests of project owners participating in voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are protected by national laws, local governments have no right to restrict or repossess the legitimate rights and interests of project owners participating in emission reduction transactions. At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, a reporter asked that recently, some places have put forward Carbon Index control requirements for new energy and renewable energy projects such as local wind power photovoltaic. For example, it is required that the authority of the carbon indicators contained in the current and under construction of the wind and electricity projects belong to it, and the use and trading must be approved by the municipal government, and the proceeds belong to the location of the project, it has caused great controversy in society. What is the comment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment? In response to this issue, Lu Xinming, deputy director of the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, responded that new energy and renewable energy projects such as wind power and photovoltaics participate in the greenhouse gas voluntary emission reduction trading mechanism, the state has issued relevant institutional documents to regulate. He said that in 2012, own country issued the Interim Measures for the management of voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions, clarifying the greenhouse gas voluntary emission reduction trading mechanism to support the quantitative verification of the greenhouse gas emission reduction effects of renewable energy and other projects, the certified emission reductions can be traded in the market and have played an active role in promoting the development of renewable energy and ecological protection compensation, it also plays an important role in the national carbon emissions trading market. "We have also noticed that some local documents have recently issued documents restricting carbon indicators related to new energy and renewable energy projects such as wind power and photovoltaics, and the project income belongs to the project location. In this regard, I would like to emphasize two points." Lu Xin Ming said that, He said: first, the rights and interests of project owners participating in voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are protected by national laws, and local governments have no right to restrict or regain the legitimate rights and interests of project owners in participating in emission reduction transactions. Second, voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction transactions are national transactions, and local governments should not introduce "local protection" policies that are contrary to relevant national policies. On November 22, the Henan Provincial Development and Reform Commission issued a notice requesting the smooth and orderly promotion of roof photovoltaic power generation construction. The notice stated that it is necessary to guide the leading enterprises and the upstream and downstream enterprises of the industrial chain to strengthen cooperation in accordance with the principle of marketization, and avoid behaviors such as circle without construction, false propaganda, and unqualified construction. China's building roof resources are rich, widely distributed, the development of building roof distributed photovoltaic potential is huge. The Comprehensive Department of the National Energy Administration issued the "Notice on Subbing the Pilot Program for the Development of Roof of the Whole County (City, District)" earlier, and introduced that the entire county (city, district) will promote the construction of roof distributed photovoltaic, it is conducive to the integration of resources to achieve intensive development, reduce power peak load, save and optimize distribution network investment, guide residents to green energy consumption, is to achieve "carbon peak," Carbon Neutrality "and the important measures of the two national strategies for rural revitalization. The Paper noted that Dengzhou City, Henan Province, as a pilot area, has previously issued a notice prohibiting enterprises from disrupting the local roof pilot development work. The Dengzhou Development and Reform Commission issued the "Notice on Suspension of Part of the City's Roof Photovoltaic Projects" in early November mentioned that in order to effectively protect and rationally and orderly develop and utilize the city's roof resources, successfully completed the task of the provincial roof distributed photovoltaic development pilot city, contributing to the county economic development and financial income increase, according to the relevant requirements, with the consent of the municipal Party committee and municipal government leaders, decided to suspend the city-wide roof photovoltaic project work using its own roof. The notice also emphasizes that the development and construction of roof resources in the city is coordinated by the municipal level, unified planning and step-by-step implementation. It is strictly forbidden for companies that have not been recognized by the municipal government to develop roof distributed photovoltaic projects by leasing farmers' roofs and enterprise roofs, disrupting the pilot development of roofs in Dengzhou. A staff member of the Dengzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission recently introduced to The Paper that Dengzhou City has established a leading group for the promotion of the pilot project of rooftop photovoltaic development to make overall plans for the specific deployment of this work. "Because at this stage, some small companies and farmers have signed contracts, the installed photovoltaic facilities have potential safety hazards, and it is difficult to maintain in the later stage, so the work of the roof photovoltaic project is suspended. At present, Dengzhou city has begun to unified bidding, more than a dozen enterprises to participate in the bid, will eventually end up in 2 to 4 the company won the bid, the work of the State Council shall be responsible for the Dengzhou city rooftop solar photovoltaic project operations." Henan Province Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) 1Jan 22nd notification referred to in the first 10 months of this year, the province photovoltaic newly installed capacity 2.08 million kW to sustain third in the country of the favorable situation. All localities should continue to maintain the favorable environment and good atmosphere of roof photovoltaic construction in the province, take the interests of the masses first, and seize the window of the financial subsidy policy for household photovoltaic projects at the end of this year, in conjunction with power grid enterprises, we should take the initiative to do a good job in services, and shall not add conditions at will in the statutory filing procedures at will, and shall not suspend or suspend the filing of existing projects and power grid access on the grounds of carrying out pilot projects. The pilot construction of rooftop photovoltaic throughout the county should follow the principle of "Five No" of the National Energy Administration and grasp the focus of the work of local competent departments, not only to regulate corporate behavior, there is no shortage in protecting the interests of the masses, nor can it be offside in the legal procedures of project management and bundling supporting industries. The "five noes" of the National Energy Administration are "voluntary non-compulsory, pilot projects are not approved, in place is not offside, competition is not monopolized, and work is not suspended". September this year the National Energy Administration and the notice of the General Affairs Department of the State Post zheng xian (city, district) roof distributed photovoltaic development pilot list referred to, all pilot areas to improve the new energy development and construction business environment, reduce the non-technical Cost of roof distributed photovoltaic development and construction, and reduce the burden of investment and development enterprises. During the pilot process, it is not allowed to suspend or suspend the filing of other projects and power grid access on the grounds of carrying out the pilot project. For those who do not implement national policies in the pilot process, arbitrarily attach conditions, and increase the cost of enterprise development and construction in disguised form, the pilot qualification will be canceled. Non-pilot counties (cities, districts) continue to carry out the development and construction of various photovoltaic power generation projects in accordance with existing relevant regulations. It is worth mentioning that recently, the "Notice on Suspension of the Filing of New Photovoltaic Power Generation Projects" circulated on the Internet by the Development and Reform Commission of Changde City, Hunan Province has also aroused heated discussion. The notice mentioned that in accordance with the requirements of the Provincial Development and Reform Commission's "Notice on the Development and Utilization of Wind and Optical Resources in the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Committee organized all districts, counties and cities to declare the wind and light projects to be developed during the 14th Five-Year Plan. Through preliminary investigation, the declared projects of various districts, counties and cities far exceed the capacity of the power grid. In order to promote the healthy and orderly development of new energy in the city and guide enterprises to invest rationally, it has been decided after research, the city suspended the filing of new photovoltaic power generation projects (including the ground and roof), and then started after the city's "14th Five-Year Plan" development project is clarified. Except for Wuling District, which has been included in the pilot scope of the whole county roof photovoltaic. A person in charge of the Energy Department of the Development and Reform Commission of Changde City recently introduced to The Paper that one of the reasons for the suspension of the filing is that the company that plans to build photovoltaic wind power projects in Changde City has conducted a preliminary survey, it is found that the photovoltaic wind power project that needs to be built far exceeds the capacity of the grid. In addition, the city leaders also plan to find out the resource potential of the city's new energy, see how many wind power projects Changde can develop, and then entrust the Changde City Development and Reform Commission to carry out the city's new energy development and utilization planning. The "Notice on Further Clarifying the Requirements for the Filing of Roof Photovoltaic Projects" issued by the Shaoguan Municipal Development and Reform Bureau that month shows that according to the deployment of the municipal Party committee and municipal government, combined with the current city's new energy development plan, new energy industry investment promotion and rural revitalization strategy needs, in order to promote the construction of roof photovoltaic in a safe and orderly manner, to achieve large-scale development, after research and decision, Shaoguan City in addition to residential distributed roof photovoltaic projects, suspend the filing and construction of all commercial rooftop photovoltaic projects (except for projects under construction). Recently, a staff member of the Electric Power Section of Shaoguan Development and Reform Bureau said in an interview that the suspension of filing is to better implement national policies. Before that, many enterprises have applied for the installation of roof photovoltaic facilities, but because of the power grid capacity and safety problems, Shaoguan development and Reform Bureau decided to suspend the record. "If a swarm of people go to (photovoltaic), the impact on the power grid is great." The staff member said that at present, various counties and districts in Shaoguan are exploring the number of companies that need to install photovoltaic panels. According to the situation, it is necessary to re-plan the construction of power grids and replace transformers. Staff said that at present in Shaoguan city has been a county area to complete the investigation work is expected to December this year early struggle to return to the State Council for the record.


Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.