China proposes new target for better air quality

Chinese cities have grappled with high air pollution readings in recent months despite authorities' efforts to improve air quality in recent years

January 11, 2024 07:35 pm | Updated 09:23 pm IST - BEIJING

Buildings shrouded in dust and sand in Beijing, China. File

Buildings shrouded in dust and sand in Beijing, China. File | Photo Credit: AP

China has proposed new targets for improved air quality as part of its green and low-carbon development, state news agency Xinhua reported on January 11, although the targets are still above a limit recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chinese cities have grappled with high air pollution readings in recent months despite authorities' efforts to improve air quality in recent years.

The country aims to reduce the national average concentration of fine particulate matter, a measure of air quality, to less than 28 micrograms per cubic metre by 2027 and less than 25 micrograms by 2035.

China previously set its national "interim" air quality standard at 35 micrograms per cubic metre, well above the 5 microgram limit recommended by the WHO.

The proposal outlined areas including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Yangtze River Delta as a "key battlefield", where it will focus on controlling the amount of fine particulate matter and vigorously reduce the emission of multiple pollutants.

It will also promote an ultra-low emission upgrade for steel and cement manufacture along with other high-emitting industries.

The world's top carbon emitter reinforced its goal to achieve carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2060.

China would build capacity and a system for carbon emission controls, the plan said, with a gradual shift from controls over energy consumption.

China will include more products in its carbon market, and improve its the market for greenhouse gas trading.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.