Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area to draw up air quality plan 2014-04-09 09:48:55

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and its neighboring six cities and provinces will unify the standards of the petroleum products, and dispatch same identifying signs to vehicles meeting emission standards to better supervise polluting behavior in inter-cities or provincial travels.

Furthermore, the region will set up an air quality alarm platform for co-handling heavy air pollution in a large area, Beijing Daily reported.

Applying unified emission standards

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and its surrounding six cities and provinces will apply the Jing-V Emission Standards to unify their petroleum products in two years, said Zhuang Zhidong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The Jings-V Emission standards equal the Euro-V Emission Standards.

Establishing joint action mechanism

A forecast mechanism of heavy air pollution is a major part of the joint prevention and control. The region and its neighboring areas will set up an early alarm platform of the air quality for establishing the joint mechanism, Zhuang said.

In case of heavy pollution, Beijing will hold consultations with it surrounding areas.

At present, Beijing and Langfang have reached a consensus in response to the heavy pollution emergency, he said.

Mapping out overall plan for regional air quality control

"We treat Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and its surrounding areas as an integral one," said Li Lixin, director of Air Pollution Comprehensive Management Coordination office. The region will improve top-level design and work out an overall plan for the regional air quality control.

Joint environmental protection is just one aspect in the regioní»s top-level design, which also involves economy, circulation and healthcare. With regard to environmental protection, emphasis should be laid on the control of pollution sources which requires participation by research institutes, universities and colleges in the region.

Editing by  Sun Chi
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