China’s race to industrialize and urbanize in a single generation has taken a significant toll on the environment and quality of life. For instance, among the country’s 500 largest cities, less than 1% meet the World Health Organization’s air quality standard, more than 40% of China’s rivers are polluted, and nearly 20% of arable land is considered contaminated.
Under immense social and economic pressures, the Chinese government has committed to tackling these issues as part of its economic transition. Beijing has pledged to invest $360 billion
into renewable energy, which is expected to contribute to 27% of China’s total energy consumption by 2020. The government has also mandated that major cities should achieve “good” or “excellent” air quality at least 80% of the time in a given year.
The top-level commitment and broad policy support for greening the economy has led to significant interest among private investors, targeting sectors ranging from waste treatment and energy efficiency technologies to renewable energy and electric vehicles.
Heilongjiang InterChina Water Treatment is primarily engaged in providing water and sewage treatment, as well as water supply and environmental project services. Its sewage treatment business operates through 15 subsidiaries across China. The company currently also operates in Europe and is actively seeking global expansion.
Heilongjiang InterChina Water Treatment in 2014 invested $14.7 million for a 15.1% stake in Aquaporin A/S, a Danish cleantech company specializing in water purification. These two companies also established a joint venture with another Chinese firm in Beijing, in which the Heilongjiang company invested $2 million. The company has also invested $6.1 million in Josab International AB, a publicly listed Swedish water treatment firm.