Companies in Beijing are questioning why the city government has added them to an environmental watch list.
PepsiCo-Beijing, Coca-Cola-Beijing, and Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler are among 27 large water and energy-consuming entities included in the list, which was issued on Tuesday by the Beijing Development and Reform Commission, the capital's economic planning agency.
The companies will be subject to monthly inspections of their environmental compliance starting at the end of the month, according to a statement on the commission's website. It did not specify how long the monitoring would last.
Commission spokesperson Ma Jing told China Daily the capital is targeting the environmental practices of large enterprises to meet the energy saving and emission reduction goals laid out in the city's 11th Five-year Plan (2006 to 2010).
This year is a crucial year for fulfilling these objectives, he said.
"If these companies do a little more in cleaner production, they will contribute a lot to the capital's energy and water saving," said Ma. "This is why they are on the list."
However, companies contacted yesterday by China Daily questioned the credibility of the list, citing examples of ways in which they say they have already made considerable efforts to curb their environmental impacts.
A spokesperson from Coca-Cola said the company will work with officials to further reduce its climate footprint. The company provided documents via e-mail detailing steps it has taken to reduce water consumption and pollution.