China Releases Fund to Act as Reward for Cities Practicing Pollution Control
The country’s cabinet recently announced that they will be released funds of around 10 billion yuan this year to reward regions and cities that have made significant progress in efforts of controlling air pollution.
The fund will be considered as rewards rather than subsidies for the control and prevention of air pollution in several key areas. Based on a statement that was released after a meeting of the State Council that was led by Premier Li Keqiang said that the controlling air pollutants such as particulate matter are a key task for the government. Pollution is one of the main concerns of the country even with growing opposition to the growth at all cost economic model which is tainting much of the country’s water, soil and air.
Coal consumption must be controlled along with increase efforts in promoting high quality fuel or new energy vehicles, use of environmentally friendly boilers and energy efficient construction.
The government is also eager to show sign of improvement in the bad air in China that has already caused concerns among the people. Recent heavy smog bought several cities to a standstill causing delays in airline flights and school closures. An example is Beijing which is hit by severe levels of pollution with 189 days of heavy pollution for 2013.
As heavily polluting industries follow emission standard, it’s not enforced and local government still favor pollution intensive projects that generates growth. This prompted that government to promise to spend around 3 trillion yuan to face the problem and create a growing market for companies that will boost energy efficiency while reducing emissions.