The Air Pollution Comprehensive Control Program for Autumn and Winter Season of 2020-2022” (hereinafter referred to as the “Program”) will be issued and implemented in the near future. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment stated that the horse-race mechanism will be introduced in the action. The enterprises with good environmental performances can independently carry out the emission reduction, and the enterprises with poor environmental performances need to carry out the staggering emission reduction. The local government shall not carry out the egalitarianism regardless of the environmental performances of the enterprises.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has notified the air quality control targets to 59 cities, including the PM2.5 control and the number of days with heavy pollution. In addition, it also clearly required the local government not to carry out the perfunctory actions or temporary measures.

Considering the environmental conditions and the impact of regional transmission in different regions, the control program for winter and autumn season of 2021-2022 will also cover northern Hebei, northern Shanxi, eastern and southern Shandong, southern Henan on the basis of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and the surrounding areas (“2 + 26” cities) as well as Fenwei Plain cities.

Implementation scope:

  • Beijing
  • Tianjin
  • Hebei province: Shijiazhuang, Tangshan, Qinhuangdao, Handan, Xingtai, Baoding, Zhangjiakou, Chengde, Cangzhou, Langfang, Hengshui, Xiong’an New Area, Dingzhou and Xinji
  • Shanxi Province: Taiyuan, Yangquan, Changzhi, Jincheng, Datong, Shuozhou, Jinzhong, Yuncheng, Xinzhou, Linfen and Lvliang
  • Shandong province: Jinan, Zibo, Zaozhuang, Dongying, Weifang, Jining, Tai’an, Rizhao, Linyi, Dezhou, Liaocheng, Binzhou and Heze
  • Henan province: Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Pingdingshan, An’yang, Hebi, Xinxiang, Jiaozuo, Puyang, Xuchang, Luohe, Sanmenxia, Nanyang, Shangqiu, Xinyang, Zhoukou, Zhumadian and Jiyuan
  • Shaanxi province: Xi’an, Tongchuan, Baoji, Xianyang, Weinan (including Hancheng) and Yangling Demonstration Zone
  • Jiangsu province: Xuzhou, Lianyungang and Suqian
  • Anhui province: Huaibei, Fuyang, Suizhou and Bozhou

Key targets: During the autumn and winter season (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022), the said cities shall complete the PM2.5 control target and the number of days with heavy and above pollution control target.

Main tasks:

  • Resolutely curb the blind development of “two high” project.
  • Implement the output reduction in the steel and iron industry.
  • Actively and steadily implement the treatment of loose coal.
  • Carry out the rectification for boilers and furnaces.
  • Promote the investigation and rectification for outstanding issues of VOCs treatment.
  • Accelerate the treatment of diesel truck pollution.
  • Strengthen the control for straw burning.
  • Strengthen the comprehensive control for dust.
  • Effectively respond to heavy pollution weather.

In the implementation process, it is required to resolutely prevent the “one size fits all” policy, and not allowed to take the perfunctory and brutal measures.

During the autumn and winter season, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will send the warning notice to the cities that cannot meet the air quality target, or the cities with slow progress, or the cities where the air quality index (AQI) continued to “burst” based on air quality improvement in each city every month. In terms of the cities that fail to complete the final air quality improvement target or the cities with slow progress, the main government officials shall be publicly interviewed. If any tampering or fake monitoring data is found, the assessment result will be directly deemed unqualified, and responsibility will be investigated according to the law. Combined with the second round of the central ecological environmental protection arrangements, the cities with outstanding environmental problems shall be listed in the scope of the central ecological environmental protection inspection. In terms of the cities with serious problems, the special inspection might be carried out.

Source: Chemical 365

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