On the morning of January 15, 2021, the 34th Schumpeter Innovation Forum of Business School invited Zhang Bing, professor of Environment School of Nanjing University and director of environmental management and policy research center of Nanjing University-Jiangsu environmental protection Department, to hold an academic lecture with the theme of “making rules clear: the reform of permit policy and environmental performance” in the 228 lecture hall of Xingmin building. The lecture was hosted by professor Bai Junhong, and professor Yi Zhigao, some young teachers, students also participated in the activity.
Professor Zhang is mainly engaged in teaching and research of environmental management and policy analysis, environmental economics, etc. He was awarded the Excellent Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2013 and was appointed as a Young Scholar (Economics) of the Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of the Ministry of Education in 2017. He was selected as a Young Talent of the National Ten Thousand People’s Plan in 2017 and was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China in 2018. Professor Zhang’s researches on environmental economics have been published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Environment Science & Technology and other top international journals. He has been involved in the formulation of China's policies on emissions permit, emissions trading, and environmental disclosure. His research results won the Science and Technology Award of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
In this lecture, Professor Zhang focused on the environmental performance of China’s permit policy reform. Firstly, he introduced the background of the permit policy and compared the differences of environmental impact assessment between the US and China, and explained the national policy on emissions permit. Secondly, Professor Zhang analyzed the advantages of implementing the emissions permit policy reform, namely, integrating China’s existing environmental laws and regulations, defining regulatory standards, and clarifying the responsibilities of regulatory agencies and the pollution control responsibilities of enterprises, reducing the uncertainty of environmental enforcement and motivating companies to increase their efforts to reduce emissions. Finally, Professor Zhang suggested that the government needs to fully consider how to address the issue of reducing policy ambiguity and that the permit system provides a solution that can be considered, namely the integration of permits to improve existing laws and regulations. This insightful viewpoint has led to deep thoughts and discussions among the students and teachers.
After the lecture, Professor Zhang enthusiastically answered questions from the students and teachers in the audience, and shared some of advices of the applications of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Professor Zhang’s serious and rigorous attitude towards academics deeply infected everyone, and the lecture came to a successful conclusion with a round of applause from everyone.