On March 8, 2017, the National Standardization Technical Committee on Environmental Management enacted and issued the national standards titled as the General Principles for the Evaluation of Green Factories (Draft for Comment) (the "Draft for Comment") to solicit comments from units concerned until April 8, 2017.
The Draft for Comment applies to any factory that involves any actual production process, such as processing, manufacturing and assembling. Besides, the Draft for Comment is deemed as the overall requirements for various sectors of the industry to develop the guidelines or specific requirements for evaluating green factories. Accordingly, green factories shall prioritize the green processes, technologies and equipment for the purpose of meeting integrated evaluation requirements in respect of the infrastructure, management system, input of energy and resources, products, environmental emission and performance, on condition that they are able to ensure the functions and quality of their products as well as the occupational health and safety of persons involved in the production. The Draft for Comment specifies that green factories shall be legally incorporated and has no record of major accidents in safety, environmental protection and quality. If a promise is made about the environmental requirements as defined by interested parties, relevant requirements under the promise shall be met as well.