Nationwide plan is aiming at cleaner air
The State Council has released a three-year action plan for air pollution control, giving a timetable and road map for improving air quality and vowing to significantly reduce the discharge of polluting gases while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The country’s air quality and people’s satisfaction with it should significantly improve over the three years, according to the plan, which was released by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, on July 3. By 2020, the discharge of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide should drop by at least 15 percent from 2015 levels. Prefecture-level and bigger cities with average concentrations of PM2.5 above the national standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter should have their concentrations down by at least 18 percent from 2015, the plan said.