Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution China 2013

Name of policy Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution China 2013
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country China
Region Asia

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Air pollution
Type of policy instrument
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Policy support
      • Strategic planning
      Sector name
      • General
        Policy description "In specific, by 2017, the level of inhalable particulate matter in cities above prefecture level will be dropped by at least 10% against 2012 level and the days with good air quality will be increased year on year. The level of fine particulate matter in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Province, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta will be cut by 25%, 20% and 15% respectively and the annual concentration of fine particulate matter in Beijing will be kept at 60g /m3."

        "To achieve above objectives, the Action Plan defines ten measures. First, enhancing overall treatment and reducing discharges of multiple pollutants. Effort will be made to rectify small coal-firing boilers and accelerate construction of desulphurization, denitration and dust removal projects in key sectors. Flying dust and cooking fume pollution from the catering services will be controlled. Hastened steps will be taken to eliminate yellow label vehicles and old vehicles, promote public transport, new energy vehicles and upgrade the quality of fuel oil. Second, adjusting and optimizing industrial structure and promoting upgrade of economic transition. We will keep a firm grip on newly added production capacity in high energy consumption and high emission industries, accelerate elimination of backward production capacity and resolutely put an end to illegal projects under construction in industries with serious overcapacity. Third, speeding up technological reform of enterprises and improving the capability of scientific innovation. We will boost the development of circular economy, foster the environmental industry and promote innovative development and industrialization of major environmental equipment and products. Fourth, quickening the step to adjust energy structure and increasing the supply of clean energy." "By 2017, consumption of coal will fall to below 65% in terms of total energy consumption." (

        Policy type
        • Changing activity
        • Energy efficiency
        • Renewables
        • Nuclear or CCS or fuel switch
        • Non-energy5
        Policy stringency
        Implementation state Implemented
        Date of decision 2013
        Start date of implementation
        End date of implementation
        High impact
        Impact indicator

        Source or references
        Supports policies
        Is supported by policies
        Comments (background and assessment)
        Status Final

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