Two regional action plans released to address the air pollution in autumn and winter

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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Photo Credit: GIZ / Christof Kersting

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.