On October 30th, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released two action plans for comprehensive control of air pollution in the autumn and winter of 2020-2021, focusing on Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-Jin-Ji) cluster plus Fenwei Plain and Yangtze River Delta area.

Detailed PM2.5 density targets and heavy pollution days were set up, differentiated by location and timeframe.

Area Average PM2.5 lower than (μg/m3) Heavy pollution day cap
Oct-Dec 2020 Jing-Jin-Ji 63 5
Fenwei 62 5
Yangtze River 45 N/A
Jan-Mar 2021 Jing-Jin-Ji 86 12
Fenwei 90 13
Yangtze River 58 N/A

 

Specific air pollution control measures were proposed and are to be strengthened in the upcoming heating season, including clean coal replacement, ultra-low emission standard in the steel industry, transportation transfer from highway to railway and waterway, coal consumption cap, industrial restructure, etc. Synergy for carbon emission control could be expected through the strict implementation of these air pollution control countermeasures.

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