Environmental Ministry to Deepen Cooperation with ADB to Help Fight Pollution
The Asian Development Bank along with the Environmental Protection Ministry is planning to deepen their cooperation in seven areas including the efforts to prevent pollution of the water, land and air based on the new Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum will be mapping out major areas of partnership and several key forms of cooperation between two parties from 2014 to 2018,
Furthermore to emphasize cooperation to prevent and manage pollution, particular attention will be given to policy dialogue, capacity building and knowledge sharing. Zhou Shengxian the environment minister being a large developing country China is still in need international financial and further technological support. The Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan that was released in September have set a tough air quality improvement targets in all regions. Zhou also pointed out that the action plans for water and soil pollution prevention and control that are still a work in progress are part of the key priorities of the new working agenda of the government.
Coal consumption is said to be the major cause of pollution in China and by creating tough measures to tackle the problem. Coal consumption is scheduled to decline as much as 80 million tons based on a 2012 level.
The president of the Asian Development Bank Takehiko Nakao was approved the measures that are adopted and has suggested that a clean coal technology should be implemented that will include depuration before, during and after combustion will be applied.