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  China Air Quality Newsletter

March 2017

Highlights

Beijing Plans to Meet Air Quality Standard by 2030
Beijing plans to meet the national air quality standard by 2030, according to a blueprint for the city's overall planning (2016-2030). The blueprint was submitted to the standing committee of the municipal people's congress for deliberation on March 28th. The Chinese capital aims to cut the PM2.5 concentration to 56 micrograms per cubic meter in 2020 and 35 micrograms per cubic meter in 2030. Authorities will use tough environmental standards to force industry upgrades and step up regional environmental inspections to tackle air pollution, said Wei Chenglin, head of the Beijing Municipal Planning and Land Resources Management Committee.
 
Read the previously published CAAC report “How to Achieve the Air Quality Attainment in the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Region?” on how Beijing could reach the national standard by 2030 here

Leading the Charge: US-China Collaboration on Clean Air Creates Huge Opportunity
Air Pollution continues to be a major environmental and social problem in China. As one of the approaches tackling it, the collaboration between China and the United States will not only create a huge market, but also benefit both in addressing climate change. Asia Society and Clean Air Alliance of China co-organized the seminar on Mar.28th, 2017 in San Francisco, talking about US-China collaboration on clean air, which is an in-depth discussion following a report launched last December, entitled ‘A Clear Opportunity: U.S -China Collaboration on Clean Air’.

Continued Focus on Environmental Information Sharing
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) recently published the 2016 annual work report on governmental information sharing. The report proposes that MEP take further steps to share environmental information this year, by for example sharing more information on ambient air quality. A platform for disclosing the industry’s environmental information will also be established to publish timely environmental information about major polluters.

Activities in the Field

Air Pollution Solutions: An End to China's Smog?
The Beijing Energy Network recently launched a new podcast, Environment China. On March 23rd, the podcast featured Tonny Xie, Director of the secretariat for the Clean Air Alliance of China (CAAC), to talk about air pollution and clean air solutions. He explored how local governments implement air pollution control targets, how cities like Shenzhen and Taiyuan are adapting air pollution control strategies to local conditions, and how CAAC is helping connect cities with technologies that may help clean up China's hazy skies. Listen to it here

Steel and Cement Suppliers White Listed
On March 22nd, the world’s first steel and cement supplier “white list” was published by a coalition of China’s largest property developers. The white list is a step toward implementing the Real Estate Industry Green Supply Chain Initiative by leveraging the power of market mechanisms to reduce emissions and control smog. The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs and the China United Environmental Certification Center contributed to the work by formulating criteria and evaluation guidelines for emissions control in cooperation with representatives from technical agencies, environmental consultancies, industry associations, and environmental groups.
 
Disaggregated Coal Emissions Control in Shanxi
Representatives from the Air Pollution Control Leading Committee of Shanxi, local Environmental Protection Bureaus, Energy Foundation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the Air Pollution Control Department of Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Chinese research academies discussed methods and future plans for pollution control of disaggregated coal. The discussion took place on March 21st at the kick-off meeting for phase III of the Shanxi Air Quality Management Project held in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, organized by Clean Air Alliance of China (CAAC) and Shanxi Academy of Environmental Planning. The results from the meeting will set the direction for the next phase of the Shanxi Air Quality Management Project.
 
Support to Implement China’s Energy Efficiency and Environment Programs
The World Bank’s board approved a $17.8 million (RMB 123 million) grant from the Global Environment Facility to support development and implementation of China’s priority energy efficiency and environment programs. Improving energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to address energy security and at the same time tackle air quality and other issues. The project will support the implementation of two major World Bank-financed operations: the Innovative Financing for Air Pollution Control in Jing-Jin-Ji Program as well as the Hebei Pollution Prevention and Control Program.
 
Changzhou Air Quality Management Pilot Project Phase III Launched
On March 16th, the kick off meeting for phase III of the City Air Quality Management Pilot Project was held in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province. Officials and researchers attended the meeting where the work plan was discussed and finalized. The project focuses on diagnosing local air quality and management problems, building air quality management capacity, and providing technical support on air quality measures and implementation. It is supported by Energy Foundation China and conducted by Innovation Center for Clean-air Solutions (secretariat of the CAAC) and CAAC’s partners.
 
Marine Engine Emission Standards for China's Domestic Vessels
A new policy brief by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) summarizes the first-ever national emissions standards for marine engines used in domestic shipping in China. Phase I of the emission standards will take effect next year and the stricter phase II standards will take effect in 2021. The Ministry of Environmental Protection estimates the standards will drastically cut particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines.
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AQ News in English

China’s Increasing Use of Public Environmental Data
2017-03-30, China Dialogue
Smog Plan Goes After Polluters
2017-03-30, China Daily
Burning Unsorted Garbage Could Cost Beijing Billions in Health Care Costs
2017-03-24, Caixin
Stationed Inspectors and Camera Surveillance Join Smog Battle
2017-03-23, Xinhua
City's Urban Areas Switch to Alternative Energy
2017-03-18, China Daily
New Fund Will Pay for Research on Smog
2017-03-16, China Daily
China's Severe Winter Haze Tied to Effects of Global Climate Change
2017-03-15, Science Daily
Pollution Liability Insurance Plan Gets Government Push
2017-03-14, China Daily
Tackling the Heavy Air Pollution Problem
2017-03-13, China Daily
Smog Said to Reduce Water Pollution
2017-03-13, China Daily
MEP Releases the Results of the Thematic Inspection on Air Quality
2017-03-09, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Official Vows Cleaner Air
2017-03-10, Global Times
Cities and Data: China’s Weapons in the Battle for Clean Air
2017-03-07, BBC

AQ News in Chinese   (with translated summaries and titles)

2017 Air Pollution Prevention and Control Working Plan for Jing-Jin-Ji and Surrounding Regions Announced
2017-03-30, China Environmental News
The Ministry of Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, and National Energy Administration together with local governments announced the plan to improve regional environmental air quality, reduce heavy pollution, and introduce measures to strengthen winter air pollution control. The plan requires that a discharge permission certificate system be implemented in key industries. All certificates for thermal power plants will be completed by the end of June and certificates for the iron, steel, and cement industries are expected before November. The plan further states that small capacity coal-burning boilers should be phased out before the end of October to ensure clean heating for winter. Coal consumption will also be controlled to meet the negative growth target. The plan also covers transportation, dust treatment, and VOCs control.
 
National Carbon Trading Market to Launch in July
2017-03-28, Economic Information Daily
The national system, which builds on carbon trading pilots in Beijing, Shanghai, and five other municipalities and provinces, is expected to launch in July. The first phase of the national market will cover key industries such as power, iron and steel, and paper mills. The State Council recently approved the national quota for allowances and the distribution plan. Local governments will be responsible for implementation, including allowance distribution and monitoring.

Shandong Province, Tai’an City: Phased Out Over 7,500 Small Capacity Boilers and Coal Stoves
2017-03-29, China Environmental News

Sichuan Province: Established its First Environmental Protection Policy Team
2017-03-28, People’s Daily
 
Iron and Steel Overcapacity Cut by 65 Million tons in 2016; China Plans to Cut Another 50 Million Tons in 2017
2017-03-24, Economic Information Daily
 
Hebei Province: Announces Plan for Phasing Out Thermal Power Generation Units
2017-03-24, China Environmental News
 
Central Environmental Protection Supervision Expands to Cover All of China for the First Time
2017-03-20, China Youth
 
Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Suggests Improving Renewable Energy Integration to Address High Curtailment Rates
2017-03-13, The Paper
 
Shaanxi Province: Annual Air Quality Improvement Plan to Address Coal Reduction, VOCs Control, Straw-burning, and Related Air Quality Issues
2017-03-10, China Environmental News
 
Sichuan Province, Chengdu City: Focus on Coal Burning Reduction, Vehicle and Gas Control, Emission Reduction, Dust Reduction, Improving Enforcement as well as Science and Technology to Address Air Pollution
2017-03-10, China Environmental News
 
Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Calls for “Haze Compensation” to Workers Who Have to Work Outdoors on Polluted Days
2017-03-09, Workers’ Daily
 
Ministry of Environmental Protection: “Tailor-made Measures” should be Developed to Improve Air Quality in Different Cities
2017-03-09, People’s Daily Online
 
Ministry of Environmental Protection: Environmental Protection Education Listed as Key Focal Area in 2017
2017-03-09, People’s Daily Online
 
Beijing: Aims to Replace Coal with Electricity in 205,000 Rural Households this Year
2017-03-07, People’s Daily Online

        
 
 
China Air Quality Newsletter provides the latest news and activities about air quality in China. This monthly newsletter is compiled by Innovation Center for Clean-air Solutions (the Secretariat for CAAC), Energy Foundation China, and Regulatory Assistance Project, with contribution from our partner organizations.
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