Re­port: Air pol­lu­tion bat­tle­field brings in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s ef­forts to con­trol air pol­lu­tion will pro­vide a new im­pe­tus for eco­nomic growth, with in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties of 20 tril­lion yuan ($3.2 tril­lion) in the com­ing 12 years, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by an an­tipol­lu­tion in­dus­try group.

The mar­ket po­ten­tial lies in six ma­jor sec­tors, in­clud­ing coal pol­lu­tion con­trol, re­duc­tion of volatile or­ganic com­pound emis­sions and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing.

The re­port, ti­tled China’s Clean Air Mar­ket Out­look 2030, was pub­lished on Tues­day by the Bluetech Clean Air Alliance, an in­dus­try alliance based in Bei­jing’s Zhong­guan­cun Sci­ence Park, known as China’s Sil­i­con Val­ley.

The alliance pro­motes air pol­lu­tion con­trol tech­nol­ogy and the de­vel­op­ment of re­lated in­dus­tries. Ex­perts from Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity, Bei­hang Univer­sity and the Asia-Pa­cific Con­sult­ing Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment par­tic­i­pated in the writ­ing of the re­port.

Among the in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties it men­tioned, the new en­ergy ve­hi­cles in­dus­try, in­clud­ing cars, buses and charg­ing ser­vices, will reach 14 tril­lion yuan, and the in­door air pu­ri­fy­ing in­dus­try will reach 1.7 tril­lion yuan by 2030.

More than 20 mil­lion met­ric tons of emis­sions of volatile or­ganic com­pounds will be re­duced and will re­sult in in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties of 800 bil­lion yuan, it said.

Mean­while, the mar­ket value of en­vi­ron­ment mon­i­tor­ing fa­cil­i­ties may sur­pass 80 bil­lion yuan.

The re­port also said the scale of the ce­ment, cok­ing and steel in­dus­tries will be re­duced by more than 30 per­cent by 2030 from what they were in 2012, and 40 per­cent of the sales vol­ume in the auto mar­ket will be elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The na­tional stan­dard for the con­cen­tra­tion of PM 2.5 — or par­tic­u­late mat­ter with a di­am­e­ter of 2.5 mi­crons or less — is 35 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter. Cur­rently, how­ever, 70 per­cent of Chi­nese cities have yet to meet that stan­dard, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment.

In March, the 338 cities of pre­fec­ture level or larger in the coun­try saw more days with heavy pol­lu­tion. The av­er­age con­cen­tra­tion of PM2.5 in those cities in­creased by 2.1 per­cent yearon-year to 48 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter, though the con­cen­tra­tion over the past three months de­creased by 9.7 per­cent, the min­istry said.

The re­port, how­ever, is op­ti­mistic about the re­sult of China’s ef­forts at air pol­lu­tion con­trol. With the ad­van­tage of China’s gov­er­nance model, the time the coun­try needs to reach air qual­ity stan­dards will be much shorter than the time taken by many West­ern coun­tries, the re­port said.

China will play a ma­jor role in pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of air pol­lu­tion con­trol tech­nolo­gies world­wide, said Xie Hongx­ing, di­rec­tor of the Bluetech Clean Air Alliance.

“The huge clean air tech­nol­ogy mar­ket in China will at­tract global clean-tech com­pa­nies. Many of the clean en­ergy and pol­lu­tion preven­tion tech­nolo­gies that de­velop in China could also ex­pand to sup­port clean air ini­tia­tives in other coun­tries, and pro­mote global clean de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

While China has made sub­stan­tial progress in mon­i­tor­ing ma­jor air pol­lut­ing sources, the coun­try also has great po­ten­tial in de­vel­op­ing mon­i­tor­ing fa­cil­i­ties tar­get­ing small and scat­tered pol­lut­ing sources such as restau­rants, said Liu Baox­ian, deputy head of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing Cen­ter.

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