Beijing to Stop Construction of Polluting Plants
Beijing will be banning the construction of new oil refining, cement, thermal, steel and power plants along with the expansion of old ones. The decision came after the local government submitted its latest policy document that targeted to fight air pollution. The document was published on the city government’s official websites which stated that the ban will take effect in March.
The document was approved by local legislature a week before and the Chinese capital pledged to cut it total emission of OM2.5 by 5 percent which environmentalist say is the key component in air pollution. For the first two weeks in January Beijing was hit by hazardous smog which prompted the government to implement tougher and new measures that is said to fight air quality all throughout the country.
Part of the new control measures shows the efforts of the local government in implementing a master plan to control pollution that was created by the Central Government last year which reduces the country’s dependency on coal and close any outdated industrial capacity. The document also states that the city will continue to control the total number of vehicles found on roads and will establish zones wherein high polluting fuels will be banned completely.