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China Set to Turn Economic Windfall to Environmental Benefit

In line with expectations of improved economic growth, the State Council has resolved to leverage upon this upturn in financial performance in order to take action against the deterioration in air quality across the mainland. More specifically, reducing both the concentration of fine particles in the overall environment and the number of peak high pollution days are to be prioritised over the next three years. This action will focus on two of the most badly affected areas – the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region (and its immediate environs) and the Yangtze River Delta region.

In line with this, among the measures adopted at the Council’s 13 June meeting were the following:

At Source Pollution Prevention and Control

In all key pollution-control areas, no new steel, coke or electrolytic production facilities will be approved, while the targets for eliminating overcapacity will be raised and priority will be given to retiring all inland river vessels with a service record of 20 years or more

Maximising Pollution Control Efficiency

In all key pollution-control areas, the level of coal consumption will be officially restricted, coal-fired power generation units will be phased out, the use of sub-standard small boiler units will be discontinued and any sources of pollution that contravene existing regulations will be subject to legal action

Innovative Environmental Supervision Measures

In all key pollution-control areas, steps will be taken to strictly enforce the relevant environmental regulations, while increased efforts will be made to counter seasonal air pollution and the adverse effects of diesel engines, industrial furnaces and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following link:

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