10 April 2017
MEP Releases High-Pollution Fuels Catalogue
In accordance with Article 38 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution (see details in Chinese), the Ministry of Environmental Protection promulgated and put into force on 28 March 2017 the Catalogue of High-Pollution Fuels in a bid to improve the urban environment.
The fuels listed in the Catalogue are fuels that require strict control measures on account of factors like quality, burning mode and environmental impact. They refer to coal and coal products (including raw coal, bulk coal, coal gangue, coal slime, coal slurry, briquettes, coke and semi-coke), oils and other conventional fuels for production and domestic consumption. Auxiliary fuels such as industrial wastes and refuse, agricultural and forest residues, and charcoal used in the catering industry are not included.
Fuel combinations that are prohibited in the restricted areas are divided into Category I (general), Category II (strict) and Category III (strictest) according to the strictness of control requirements. Petroleum coke, oil shale, crude oil, heavy oil, residues and coal tar are listed under these three categories in the Catalogue because their direct combustion may cause fairly serious urban air pollution.
Given that coal is the main source of urban energy consumption, coal and coal products are divided into three categories according to the strictness of control measures required. Biomass fuels are subject to the strictest Category III requirements and regulation is imposed on their burning mode, that is, they must be burned in special boilers with bag filters or other efficient dust removal means.
The Catalogue is only applicable to the management of high-pollution fuel restricted areas designated by city people’s governments in accordance with law and may not be used as the basis for fuel restriction management and other management purposes outside the restricted areas.
See Catalogue in Chinese.