The Strategist

China develops a new plan to save the environment

02/01/2018 - 11:02

China is developing plans to tighten restrictions on harmful emissions for three years until 2020, an official from the Ministry of the Environment said. This is happening after the five-year plan on pollution control helped the agency achieve the air quality targets last month.

Alfred T. Palmer
Alfred T. Palmer
"Three-year plan to fight for the environment," developed by the Ministry of Environment, as the representative of the agency said, included more stringent restrictions in large industrial regions.

The key areas of the new program will be the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei zone in the north of the country and the Yangtze delta and the Pearl River.

It is expected that the new three-year plan will be completed in the first half of the year, the ministry told reporters.

Previous action plan for China for the period from 2013 to 2017 spurred activity in the susceptible area of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei to reduce concentrations of dangerous particles, known as PM2.5, by more than 25%.

Despite the almost record PM2.5 readings in January and February last year, China managed to achieve all its air quality targets for 2013-2017 after efforts to reduce the use of coal and lower production in air polluting plants in 28 northern cities in the winter.

Recall, Beijing decided to suspend the construction of major public projects in the city in the winter period 2017-2018 in an attempt to improve the air quality in the capital. The construction of roads and water facilities, as well as the demolition of housing, are banned for the period from November 15 to March 15 in six main districts of the city and the suburbs.

This period covers four months, when houses and other buildings of the city are supplied with heating.

China has been trying to fight urban air pollution for four years to reverse the damage caused by decades of unhindered economic growth and to eliminate fears that the dangerous smog and widespread water and soil contamination each year result in hundreds of thousands of early deaths.

Slower production activity to reduce emissions and tightening environmental standards will support the profits of large industrial companies as producer prices soar, said Chief Economist for China at SocGen. She noted that the campaign of the Chinese authorities will lead to a noticeable shock in the supply.


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