Chinaâ€™s Environment Ministry has announced plans to tackle particulate matter and ozone air pollution in a number of cities across the country.
The announcement comes shortly after it was revealed that Chinese cities had reported fewer days with â€˜good airâ€™ in July compared to the same period in 2016 (see airqualitynews.com story).
The Chinese Governmentâ€™s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has said that its â€˜top priorityâ€™ is to reduce PM2.5 pollution, whilst also seeking to contain O3 pollution, through tackling emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds.
In particular, action will focus on the â€˜smog plaguedâ€™ Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. According to the MEP, Beijing report a PM2.5 density of 64Âµg/mÂ³in the first seven months of 2017, down 34.7% from the same period in 2013.
In a statement, the MEP said: â€œIn order to contain O3, the country will reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are considered O3 precursors.
â€œChina’s environmental authorities have been undertaking inspections to discover the sources of air pollution, especially in the smog-plagued Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area.
â€œThe MEP reiterated Tuesday that it will have “zero tolerance” for companies that have violated environmental laws, and encouraged local authorities to protect the legal rights of enterprises that abide by the law.â€