China sets higher targets for emission reduction in 2014

10 January 2014 07:40 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China has set a target to reduce nitrogen oxide in its air nearly by 5% in 2014 in line with its policy to improve the overall environment, according to a statement of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China’s (MEP) on Friday.

Total emissions of nitrogen oxide are expected to fall to 20.5m tonnes in 2015, down by 10% from the 2010 level of 22.7m tonnes, according to an initial target in the 12th Five-year Plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2011.

The level of nitrogen oxide was estimated to have fallen by more than 3.5% in 2013, returning to the 2010 level for the first time in three years, Zhou Shengxian, Minister of MEP, said at a national environmental conference on 9 January.

The annual reduction has to reach around 4.8% each year for 2014 and 2015 to meet the 2015 reduction goal for nitrogen oxide emissions, Zhou said.

Moreover, there is a target of a 2% reduction in three major pollutants; sulfur dioxide, ammonia nitrogen and chemical oxygen in 2014, the statement at the MEP website said.

By Viola Pan