Hebei Hits Target of Lowering PM2.5 Levels Two Years Ahead of Schedule
Hebei achieved their set target of lowering airborne PM2.5 levels by 20 percent by two years ahead. Average concentration of PM 2.5 in the province was at 28.7 percent last year lower than in 2013 when the State Council declared a National Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Air Pollution if it fell by 25 percent in the Tianjin-Beijing-Hebei Region by 2017. PM2.5 are airborne particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 or less is hazardous to the human health.
Average concentration of the particulate in the province last year was at 77 micro grams per cubic meter or 18.9 percent the largest decrease in the region. Hebei is known for the bad air quality with seven of its cities ranking consistently in the top ten most polluted nationwide of the 74 cities that are being monitored. Measures are being rolled out in hopes to improve matter, including reducing coal consumption, planting trees and banning highly polluting vehicles.
And according ot its governor Zhang Qingwei, Hebei have spent 24 billion yuan for the prevention and control of air pollution from 2011 up to 2015. And being part of the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020), Hebei’s PM 2.5 concentration is expected to fall even further or an expected 40 percent from the 2013 levels and its current highly polluted cities that is said to no longer rank among the top polluted cities in the nation.