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Chen, J J and Chambers, D (1999) Sustainability and the impact of Chinese policy initiatives upon construction. Construction Management and Economics, 17(05), 679-87.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: China; policy; sustainable development
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/014461999371286
  • Abstract:

    The environment has been perceived as an international issue, and ways of attaining sustainability are becoming important for countries seeking sustainable development. The international community has been active in developing policy frameworks towards achieving the sustainability, such as an ecological modernization approach and environment assessment. Developing countries deserve special attention in the effort to make sustainability an operative criterion in their development activities. Given the difficulties that developing countries are facing, their perceptions of the concept and principles of sustainability differ in various contexts from those of developed countries, and the attainment of sustainability is much more difficult. Therefore, the establishment of a global partnership is important for the vision of sustainability to be realized and operationalized in the world. The current stage of economic development in China provides an opportunity to incorporate environmental provisions into the national development strategies from a relatively early stage, rather than attempt retrofit to strategies. However, at present China’ s pol icy initiatives expressed in its Agenda 21 remains only a visionary concept. A comprehensive policy framework and realistic implementation measures are needed. The environmental impacts of the construction industry are extensive, particularly in developing countries. However, as in many developing countries, China’ s sustainable construction is still at its primary stage and current practice is unsatisfactory.