Average air pollution reduced in 74 monitored cities
Updated: 2015-02-13 16:08
The State Council held its weekly policy briefing on Feb 13, 2015. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]
Among the 74 cities monitored for implementing the new air quality standards, the levels of PM 2.5 were cut by 11.1 percent on average in 2014, according to the ministry.
Around the time of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meetings Week in November, Beijing enjoyed superb air quality for four days and good quality for seven days, and the average levels of pollutants monitored hit a record low in comparison with the same period of the past five years.
The new air quality standards were rolled out as the country's pollution regulators were boosting efforts in implementing a plan for reducing overall air pollution for 2011-2015.
The ministry confirmed that annual measures undertaken by various localities in 2014 will be evaluated in March.
A total of 338 cities have improved their monitoring capacity to adapt to the new air quality standards, "one year in advance", of schedule, the ministry said.
Contingency plans to address serious pollution are being drafted by various localities, and "more than two thirds of the provinces and the cities" have finished the drafting of their plans as of the end of 2014, the ministry confirmed.
Satellite remote sensing and unmanned drone monitoring are increasingly engaged in law enforcement, and the technology has also been applied to monitoring emissions in seven provincial areas and more than 20 cities.
Sectors responsible for serious pollution were effectively targeted last year, and the ministry confirmed that the relevant indicators for 2014 have been achieved exceeding the requirement made by the Report on the Work of the Government 2014.