Realizing sustainable development of the nation with the goal of transforming into a “beautiful country” has been introduced at the 18th and reinforced in during the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2017. Main endeavours address the areas poverty alleviation and modernization with a moderate and sustainable economic growth.
Combating air pollution has been high on the government’s agenda, ever since Premier Li Keqiang declared a “war against pollution” in March 2014. In reaction to the public demand, the National Action Plan on Air Pollution Control has helped to significantly decrease the hazardous PM 10 and PM 2.5 particle matters, as compared to 2013 levels. The identified ten measures of the plan set the roadmap for air pollution control in three key regions – Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta.
Sino-German Environmental Partnership
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) the Sino-German Environmental Partnership project advises the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) on topics of air pollution prevention and control and integrated permitting.
The objectives are as follows:
- MEE: Support the Appraisal Center for Environment & Engineering of MEE with the formulation of technical guidance on permitting issues for key industrial sectors. The measures/ activities to achieve the objective are, inter alia, the provision of European and German expertise during study tours, workshops, trainings and expert discussions.
- CCICED: Help to improve the implementation effectiveness of the National Action Plan on Air Pollution Control; study and propose air pollution prevention and control targets, roadmap and strategic measures that can be adopted in the mid-term 13th FYP and 2030 long-term planning.