Environment & Energy Report

China Targets Volatile Organic Compounds in Summer Action Plan

June 29, 2020, 2:35 PM

Environmental authorities in China have finalized a plan for tackling volatile organic compound emissions, with an eye on reducing ground-level ozone pollution that has plagued major cities in recent years.

The plan by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, effective July 1, seeks to reduce VOCs in regions around Beijing and surrounding Hebei province, the Yangtze River Delta region around Shanghai, an area in China’s coal belt within Shanxi, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces, and areas in Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. A total of around 100 cities in these areas are covered by the plan.

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