Five-year pollution control project planned
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has started planning for a five-year air pollution prevention and control project, the ministry announced.
A draft blueprint for the project has been published on the ministry’s website and the ministry is soliciting comment from the public, government departments and experts. According to the draft, the project will be carried out starting this year until 2020.
The focus of air-pollution control should be shifted from simply responding to heavy smog to a coordinated plan to prevent both PM2.5, or airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 microns in diameter, and ozone (O3), according to the draft.
Air pollution monitoring and management practices will be shifted from the city level to a regional scale, the draft said.
Research will focus on the cause and spread of pollution, its impact on health, monitoring and warning systems, as well as pollution management and air quality improvement technology and strategy. (Photo 3)