China in pollution drive – Andrew Yeh

From Financial Times:

China’s environment agency is implementing a broad new strategy to monitor air pollutants, focusing on gathering better emissions data as well as using more advanced pollution monitoring and filtering technology.

Li Xinming, a senior official at the State Environmental Protection Administration, said on Monday polluters would be required to pay higher fees, an emissions trading mechanism would be set up and new coal burners would be required to install flue gas desulphurisation technology.

China has been focusing in recent months on controlling sulphur dioxide emissions, which cause acid rain. In 2005, China discharged 25.5m tons of sulphur dioxide, the most in the world, according to Sepa. Of that amount, about 85 per cent came from industrial sources. The government has set a modest goal of cutting sulphur dioxide discharges by 10 per cent to less than 23m tons by 2010.[Full Text]

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