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Guangdong Gets Tough on Air Pollution and Emissions Violations

New measures for controlling and combatting air pollution have been introduced by the Guangdong Provincial Government. In total, 18 new initiatives have been formally adopted, including stricter regulatory requirements for several of the province’s high-emission industries.

In line with the new requirements, all of the cities within Guangdong that have failed to meet the stipulated air quality standards – including Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhaoqing, Jiangmen and several others – are now obliged to conduct comprehensive checks on their thermal power, chemical, ceramic, glass and papermaking facilities, as well as on all other industrial establishments deemed likely to be emitting volatile organic compounds. Following this, plans must then be put in place to eliminate all such toxins and, where necessary, to relocate the transgressing sites.

In a further move, no new ceramic production facilities – with the exception of certain specially-approved processing sites ­– will be granted operating licenses in either the Pearl River Delta region or in Qingyuan. In the case of existing ceramic production facilities, the use of natural gas will be prioritised at all times.

The programme also calls upon the catering industry in all of the province’s built-up urban areas to solely use clean energy, including gas and electricity. In future, any and all fume-emitting catering enterprises will be obliged to install efficient fume purification facilities, while all high-capacity restaurants must have online fume monitoring systems in place before the end of 2017.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

General Office of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province (Yue Ban Han No. 471 [2017])

 

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