Dow and State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment Sign Memorandum of Understanding
In the face of environmental challenges, the Chinese government has initiated a development strategy focused on an ecological civilization. In particular, President Xi has stressed the importance of this strategy in his report to the 19th CPC National Congress held last October, saying that we should accelerate the pace of system reforms in an effort to build a beautiful China with a balance between economic growth and social progress, and an ecological civilization built upon green, circular, and low-carbon growth. An important mechanism to achieve this goal is the collaboration between business and academia, whereby the two communities utilize their respective resources and strengths to advance innovation and applicable solutions in the arenas of environmental protection and sustainability.
Dow boasts a wealth of R&D resources and outstanding innovation capabilities, which have translated into a strong portfolio of cutting-edge proprietary technologies and solutions. Dow invests heavily in R&D, with over 500 key projects each year. The Shanghai Dow Center is Dow’s largest integrated R&D center out of U.S., with more than 600 highly skilled scientists working in over 100 world-class laboratories. Affiliated to the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment houses top-tier scientists, including five academics from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It is China’s first key state laboratory focused on environmental protection and an important research institute globally. With relevant guideline documents including the Plan on the Ecosystem and Environmental Protection in the 13th Five-Year Plan Period and the Outline of the Program “Healthy China 2030,” the collaboration between Dow and SKLECRA aims to contribute to the implementation of relevant laws and regulations in environmental protection, including The Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China.
“We are pleased to be sharing our environmental technical expertise with the Chinese Government to help accelerate positive change. It is through these kinds of collaborations that society will progress the most, and we appreciate this opportunity to learn together how to best develop public policy blueprints that incorporate global private sector experience,” said Neil Hawkins, corporate vice president, Environment, Health and Safety, and chief sustainability officer for Dow, during his remarks at the seminar.
“Sustainability cannot be achieved without constant innovation. At Dow, we strive to advance sustainability through ongoing innovation. Advocating and practicing ‘collaborative innovation,’ we have been working closely with the Chinese government and academia to advance scientific innovation in the country. We are very pleased to sign this MoU with the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment and we strongly believe that by leveraging our respective resources and strengths, we will help drive China’s environmental protection initiative and build towards a beautiful future where a harmony between human beings and our Mother Earth can be achieved,” said Yoke Loon Lim, President of Dow Greater China.
“Research in the fields of environmental criteria and risk assessment provides a theoretical foundation and technological support for environmental pollution controls and governance, and thereby is essential for a meaningful boost in China’s technological capabilities in environmental stewardship. As such, it is a key prerequisite for achieving sustainability in China’s economic growth and social progress, as well as building an ecological civilization. Since its founding, the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment has conducted a great amount of basic research, technological innovation, and business application work, providing strong support for developing and amending China’s environmental quality standards and managing environmental issues. We believe that an extensive and deep collaboration between academia and business will enable us to have a better understanding of industry needs, thus enhancing the value and impact of our research. The MoU with Dow will allow us to continue exploring new and diversified forms of collaboration in the future,” said Dr. Wu Fengchang, an academic from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Director of the SKLECRA, during his remarks at the seminar.
Dow has been working closely with the Chinese government and academia in the field of environmental protection for the past decade. In 2008, Dow partnered with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the United Nations Environment Program to initiate a two-year project, “Safe Operation and Emergency Response Preparation,” in the chemical industry, with the aim of improving the chemical industry’s product safety and emergency preparedness. In 2005, Dow joined with the State Environmental Protection Administration (the predecessor of the Ministry of Environmental Protection) to initiate a four-year demonstration project in clean manufacturing. Dow’s Zhangjiagang site once won the distinction of “National Environment-Friendly Enterprise” for its outstanding performance in safe and clean manufacturing.
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