Steel Ca­pac­ity Cap

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK SOCIETY -

North China’s He­bei Prov­ince will cap its steel ca­pac­ity at 200 mil­lion tons by 2020 in its fight against air pol­lu­tion.

The to­tal steel ca­pac­ity in He­bei, Bei­jing’s neigh­bor and home to sev­eral of the coun­try’s most pol­luted ci­ties, was cut to 239 mil­lion tons in 2017 from its peak of 320 mil­lion tons in 2011. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties plan to cut a fur­ther 10 mil­lion tons this year.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment said on Au­gust 27 it will also limit the ca­pac­ity of ce­ment, flat glass, coal and coke by 2020.

An eco­nomic struc­ture dom­i­nated by heavy in­dus­try is the ma­jor fac­tor be­hind se­vere air pol­lu­tion in He­bei.

The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment has or­dered the clo­sure or re­lo­ca­tion of highly pol­lut­ing com­pa­nies in ur­ban ar­eas.

He­bei has set a target to re­duce the av­er­age con­cen­tra­tion of PM

2.5, a ma­jor at­mo­spheric par­tic­u­late mat­ter, to 55 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter by 2020, 15 per­cent less than in 2017.

He­bei and sev­eral other re­gions around Bei­jing host ma­jor steel­mak­ers, coal mines, alu­minum pro­duc­ers and chem­i­cal plants. They are at the fore­front of the coun­try’s fight against air pol­lu­tion. Peo­ple’s Congress (NPC) Stand­ing Com­mit­tee for the fourth read­ing at a bi­monthly ses­sion.

“The law is nec­es­sary to pro­tect the le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of all ecom­merce par­tic­i­pants, reg­u­late con­duct, main­tain mar­ket or­der and im­prove the sus­tain­able and sound de­vel­op­ment of e-com­merce,” Xu Hui, Vice Chair­man of the NPC Con­sti­tu­tion and Law Com­mit­tee, read from a re­port to leg­is­la­tors.

Op­er­a­tors en­gag­ing in cross­bor­der e-com­merce should abide by laws and ad­min­is­tra­tive reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing im­port and ex­port, ac­cord­ing to the draft law.

E-com­merce plat­form op­er­a­tors may face a penalty of 500,000 yuan ($73,327), or up to 2 mil­lion yuan ($293,300) in se­ri­ous cases, for fail­ing to take nec­es­sary steps

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