Beijing Implements Measures in Efforts to Further Control Air Pollution
Emergency measures are now being planned by Beijing in the city’s effort in curbing the heavy air pollution that they are experiencing by shutting down factories and limiting traffic on roads. The Beijing government will also be implementing the strictest measures when the particulate matter is predicted to be more than 300 micrograms per cubic meter for three straight days which the WHO declares as harmful.
Private vehicles are only allowed on roads on alternating days depending on the number on the license plates. Emissions from factories will be decreased by 30 percent when measures such as suspending or limiting production are implemented while construction sites are ordered to stop work and demolition. Classes might also be suspended thus getting complaints from parents who work in the city.
Experts say that the planned measures requires proper and exact pollution forecasting and the right timing for notifying the public to be effective. The new measures is said to apply only to Beijing even with the fact that most of the pollution in the air are coming from neighboring provinces. Air pollution spikes were seen this year even with the implementation of more than 100 measures with the strictest enforcement.
The first measures in curbing air pollution started in 2008 during the Olympics were the city enjoyed good air quality. During this time the city implemented a odd and even license plate restrictions and limited industrial activity.