City to Create Three Year Plan to Improve Air Quality
City environmental officials will be creating three year air quality plan that will help reduce pollution and haze in the city including limiting the number of days that will be designated as hazy to 70 a year. Also another goal is set by limiting the yearly average of PM2.5 level to 33 micrograms per cubic meter by 2015 at least two years ahead of the scheduled target that was set by the State Council.
The Shenzhen Air Quality Improvement Plan is set to be approved sooner by the government will set stricter systemic rules for air quality improvement and control. Shenzhen port industry accounts for 60 percent of air pollutants in the area. The improvement plans will include tightening the monitoring of ship emissions and the reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions by using more liquefied natural gas. The state hopes by using natural gas will bring down sulfur dioxide emission by 7,000 tons in three years time and the nitrogen oxide by 4,700 tons as well.
To further reduce vehicle emissions the city will shift to National IV diesel oil for heavy vehicles and completely ban yellow label vehicles and other heavy polluting vehicles by January 2015. a stricter requirement will also be set for power supply construction and the industrial manufacturing industries.
The government will be spending around 3 billion yuan for the next three years to fully implement the planned pollution prevention measures.