China will enhance science-based prevention and control of air
pollution and promote green development, the State Council's executive
meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.
The meeting heard a report on the progress of the research program on causes of heavy air pollution and proposed solutions.
Li required carrying out dedicated research on air pollution to drive
consistent improvement in the air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei
region and their neighboring areas, and offer experience and reference
for air pollution control nationwide, including in other key areas.
The meeting noted the good progress made in air pollution prevention
and control in recent years. To address the heavy air pollution in the
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and their neighboring areas in autumn and
winter, competent departments have commissioned special research by
experts on causes of the heavy air pollution and possible solutions.
This research program has provided important underpinning for
science-based treatment of the pollution.
Upon hearing the research report, the meeting required building on
the outcomes achieved and intensifying targeted control over the causes
of such pollution in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and their
It urged continued efforts to prevent and control air pollution,
especially tackling industrial pollution, promoting clean substitutes
for small-scale coal burning, and controlling diesel exhaust emissions
and ammonia emissions in agriculture and animal husbandry.
With growing ozone pollution, scientific research on region-wide air
pollution treatment will be taken forward, and PM2.5 and ozone pollution
will be treated in a coordinated way. Key regions are required to step
up joint prevention and control.
"The research findings on causes of heavy air pollution and proposed
solutions should be put to effective use in pollution control," Li said.
The meeting called for structural adjustments within regions in
energy, industry and transportation. Clean use of coal will be enhanced.
The steel, coking, petrochemical, construction materials and other
industries will be transformed at a faster pace. The use of new energy
cargo vehicles will be significantly increased in the shipment of
commodities in multi-modal transportation and urban delivery services.
"We must fully appreciate the significance of air pollution control.
It affects our people's life quality and the quality of the country's
development. Research on the issue must be further advanced, with sharp
focus on the most acute aspects in pollution control and prevention," Li
Eco-friendly industries and circular economy will be boosted.
Specialized services will be strengthened for green technology and
equipment, new types of energy efficient products and energy
conservation and emission reduction.
International cooperation will be bolstered. These measures are aimed
to achieve a win-win in both environmental protection and economic
"While tackling pollution, we need to boost environmental protection
industries, which also cultivate new drivers of economic growth," Li