Na­tion­wide plan is aim­ing at cleaner air

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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