The Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Development and Reform Commission and other 10 departments and the people’s governments of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and other six provinces and municipalities have jointly issued the “Action Plan for Comprehensive Management of Air Pollution in the Autumn and Winter of 2019-2020 in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei and the Surrounding Areas”, clarifying Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei And the surrounding areas of 2+26 cities should fully complete the 2019 environmental air quality improvement target.
The number of days with severe pollution should fall by 6 percent from Oct 1 to March 31, and the average density of PM2.5–fine, breathable particles with diameters 2.5 micrometers or smaller–should drop by 4 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the plan.
The specific target initiatives proposed by the programme also include:
Adjust and optimize the industrial structure
The plan sets a deadline to close down some outdated production facilities and suspend some highly polluted industry capacities in Tianjin as well as Hebei, Shanxi and Shandong provinces by the end of this year.
In Shanxi, for example, 1.75 million metric tons of steel capacity will be reduced, and outdated facilities that could produce 10 million tons of coke will also be shut down.
Promote the upgrading of enterprise clusters
By the end of this month, local authorities and enterprises in those regions are expected to have drafted a specific plan, setting a clear target and timeline to improve production quality and enhance pollutant emission standards to meet pollution control standards.
Strengthening sewage permit management
According to the plan, pollutant discharging licenses for construction material and furniture enterprises should be released by December.
High standard implementation of ultra-low emission transformation of the steel industry
Steel manufacturers in Hebei are required to achieve an extra-low emission transformation of 100 million tons by the end of the year, while the target in Shanxi over the same time frame is 15 million tons.
Effectively promote clean heating
The plan also called for efforts to accelerate adjustment of the energy structure by effectively pushing clean heating and controlling coal consumption.
Post time: Sep-20-2019