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2022-07-27
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British media: China's bottled water enterprises focus on the environmental problems of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, which can not be ignored

the British Daily Telegraph article on November 16, original title: China's bottles currently use more intelligent tensile testing machines to load water. In the past 20 years, China has become the world's largest consumer and major producer of bottled water. As per capita consumption is still 19% lower than the global average, the jointly protected area and stability of the market are expected to continue to grow

water from Tibet's alpine glaciers is being regarded as a new growth point of China's rapidly developing bottled water industry, although it still accounts for only a small part of China's annual bottled water production. The Qinghai Tibet Plateau, which is covered with snow all the year round, is regarded as a pure water source. Chinese consumers who are worried about water pollution will give it a premium. This view is prompting companies to come in droves to profit from it

the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region has issued a 10-year plan to boost the expansion of the bottled water industry. The long-term ambition is that the local bottled water production will reach 10million tons by 2025, while the reported production at the beginning of this year is only 153000 tons. In order to increase production, 28 enterprises had been approved to produce bottled water by the end of last year. The bottled water industry in Xinjiang, Qinghai and Yunnan around Tibet is also growing rapidly. Some enterprises even produce bottled water near the rapidly melting glaciers. The water intake of a bottled water company is located in the national reserve 80 kilometers away from the base camp of Mount Everest

this is just the beginning of the rush to exploit the water resources in this area. Last year, the Tibet Autonomous Region signed an agreement with investment institutions worth more than 2 billion yuan. With the support of the government, many enterprises are moving quickly. Since the beginning of this year, Sinopec has sold glacier water in its 23000 gas stations and convenience stores

how does this affect the environment? In recent years, the Chinese government is strengthening the policy of protecting forests and nature reserves. Its commitment to climate change when the tension of metal material tensile testing machine increases also includes the protection of glaciers. But the new plan to expand the bottled water industry shows that the local policy seems to have been biased

the Qinghai Tibet Plateau is one of the areas most vulnerable to climate change. Data power frequency of Chinese Academy of Sciences: 50Hz; It shows that the glaciers in this area have shrunk by 15% in the past 30 years. In the short run, melting glaciers mean greater bottled water potential, but in the long run, rivers will dry up and have disastrous consequences downstream

the Qinghai Tibet Plateau is not only an important water resource in China, but also the source of 10 Asian rivers flowing to South Asia. With the largest freshwater resources except the Arctic and Antarctic, the region is known as the "third pole" of the world. Any development project will have a major impact on water security in the wider region. If the bottled water industry develops disorderly, it will lead to new environmental problems. In view of the high cost of bottling and transporting glacial water to households and public facilities, as well as the heavy environmental costs associated with it, investors should start to think twice about their strategy of "water tower" in Asia

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