Major pollutants expected to drop in 5 to 10 years
Emissions of major air pollutants in China are expected to begin to decline in five to 10 years as part of a reduction in total emissions, but more time will be needed for the environment to significantly improve, a recent study concluded.
However, the emissions decline does not mean pollution will immediately end or even significantly decline, it said.
Volatile organic pollutant emissions are expected to climb and reach their high point by 2020, when ammonia and lead emissions into the air will also peak, according to research by the Research Institute of Resources and Environment Volatile organic pollutants, some of which are harmful to health, are a variety of chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. They are a major air pollutant with an emission cap in Beijing.
The emission peaks will come sooner than previously thought “because of the combined effects of slower economic growth, optimization of industrial structure and the strict control measures in curbing pollution in the country,” said Chen Jianpeng, one of the writers of the study, according to the People’s Daily report.