China has been the driving force behind the commodity market revival since 2016 when it implemented a series of supply-side reforms and environmental policies. The measures received a boost in 2018 with the restructuring of the Ministry of Environment Protection into a new ministry – the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The department of Climate Change is also moved from NDRC to the MEE. The reorganisation is a sign of the government commitment to turn pollution control policies into an action plan. The environmental policies are now becoming a new growth driver in China by helping to eliminate inefficient capacity and in improving sector profitability. In this Insight, we review 2018 and discuss how this year’s events will influence commodity markets next year.