Environmental Protection Programs of Government Officials Evaluated

Environmental Protection Programs of Government Officials Evaluated

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Chief district leaders and heads of 10 city government agencies whose policies and work had a direct impact on environmental protection were evaluated on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Each of the sixteen government officials submitted a written report and delivered a 20-minute presentation on their successes and failures in environmental protection and corresponding solutions. They then answered questions from a 35-member panel composed of lawmakers, political advisers, environmental protection experts and local residents.

The evaluation of official’s performance in environmental protection could be an important reference for promotion according to Lu Ruifeng, the city’s executive vice mayor.

Zhang Bei, the Longgang district chief said that it will step-up efforts to close heavy-polluting enterprises with high energy consumption with a plan to close 1,200 such enterprises this year and 2,000 next year.

Shenzhen began evaluating officials on their environmental protection performance in 2007.

The existing indices for evaluation include air quality, river pollution control, exhaust emission reduction, environmental protection budgeting and public satisfaction with law enforcement.

For the evaluation in March, the city government introduced four new indices which will reflect officials’ performance in protecting ecological resources, GDP energy consumption, pollution control projects and results of field inspections.

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