Com­pa­nies do part to clean air

Pol­lu­tion might come back to Beijing over the week­end amid sta­ble weather

China Daily (Canada) - - ADVERTISEMENT - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.

Com­pa­nies in Beijing and sur­round­ing re­gions have stepped up their ef­forts to re­duce the emis­sion of air pol­lu­tants to main­tain blue skies dur­ing the APEC meet­ings.

“To re­duce emis­sions, we have shut down our spray painters in­stead of merely re­duc­ing their use by 30 per­cent,” saidWuHais­han, deputy Party chief of Beijing Fo­ton Auv Co in the city’s Feng­tai dis­trict, on Thurs­day.

Like the ve­hi­cle company, other com­pa­nies listed in the cap­i­tal’s limited pro­duc­tion group have sus­pended pro­duc­tion, said Zhang Huizhao of the Bureau of En­vi­ron­men­tal Su­per­vi­sion, part of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The city had al­ready an­nounced pol­lu­tion-re­strict­ing moves, in­clud­ing al­ter­nat­ing au­to­mo­bile driv­ing days based on odd-even li­cense platenum­ber­sandthe sus­pen­sion of heavy in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion.

The au­thor­i­ties have con­ducted in­spec­tions reg­u­larly to en­sure com­pli­ance.

To en­sure good air qual­ity dur­ing the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion meet­ings, a se­ries of emer­gency re­stric­tions have been im­ple­mented since Satur­day to con­trol ve­hi­cle ex­haust and in­dus­trial emis­sions. Dust from con­struc­tion sites in Beijing and Tian­jin, as well as in He­bei, Shan­dong, Shanxi andHe­nan prov­inces and the In­nerMon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, have also been tar­geted.

All the joint ef­forts, which will last un­tilWed­nes­day, are ex­pected to cut emis­sions by at least 30 per­cent, based on the re­ports from the gov­ern­ments in the af­fected ar­eas.

Ci­ties in north­ern China, in­clud­ing Beijing, have seen clear skies for sev­eral days, with the PM2.5 in­dex of­ten in the “good” zone, be­low 50.

Dur­ing the up­com­ing week­end, wind­less weather and sta­ble at­mo­spheric con­di­tions may pre­vent the dis­per­sal of pol­lu­tants, adding pres­sure for tight con­trols dur­ing APEC, the na­tional weather au­thor­ity said.

Ac­cord­ingly, many ci­ties have strength­ened their ef­forts to cut emis­sions,

To re­duce emis­sions, we have shut down our spray painters in­stead of merely re­duc­ing their use by 30 per­cent.” WU HAIS­HAN DEPUTY PARTY CHIEF OF BEIJING FO­TON AUV CO

im­pos­ing their most strin­gent emer­gency re­sponse mea­sures re­cently.

Tian­jin and five ci­ties of He­bei prov­ince, in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal city, Shi­ji­azhuang, have halved the num­ber of pri­vate ve­hi­cles on the road based on li­cense plate num­bers since Mon­day. An ad­di­tional nine ci­ties from Shan­dong and He­bei prov­inces joined the group on Thurs­day.

To main­tain ef­fec­tive­ness, the min­istry has sent 16 teams to the six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces sinceMon­day. The teams have ex­posed some prob­lems in re­cent days.

Of the 317 com­pa­nies in­spected, 33 that should have re­duced or sus­pended pro­duc­tion as re­quired were found work­ing as usual. And 31 more con­tin­ued to dis­charge pol­lu­tants into the air.

In ad­di­tion, 55 con­struc­tion sites of the 103 in­spected were found work­ing or leav­ing dirt mounds un­cov­ered, a re­port from the min­istry said.

To en­sure the re­duc­tion of air pol­lu­tants, in­spec­tions by the min­istry and lo­cal teams will con­tinue, the min­istry said.

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