China Setting ‘Red Lines’ on Heavy Industry that Could Boil Into Social Tensions

Armed with the mandate of mitigating ecological damage and social unrest, Chinese regional governments are planning to set ceilings or “red lines” on the use of water and energy and also on any land used for industrial development. The governments are also planning to put a ceiling on the use of coal in an effort to limit the use of energy as the existing pricing system cannot reflect the true cost of consumption on the ecosystem.

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