New Emission Limits for Air Pollutants in China

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Air pollution continues to kill an estimated 1.1 million people a year in China and the government is taking action with stricter limits.

The special emission limits are much stricter than the prevailing emission limits in China and even the current standards of some developed countries.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has issued a notice on the implementation of the special emission limits for air pollutants in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province, and the surrounding areas. Based on the current situation, we predict the regulation will soon be passed and released.

This change will particularly impact thermal power, steel, petrochemical, chemical, nonferrous metals, cement and boilers, coking chemical, steel sintering, flat glass, ceramic and brick industry.

Scope of application

The air pollutant pathway cities of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province. Also known as the “2 + 26” cities, these include Beijing, Tianjin, 8 cities in Hebei Province (Shijiazhuang, Tangshan, Langfang, Baoding, Cangzhou, Hengshui, Xingtai, Handan City), 4 cities in Shanxi Province (Taiyuan, Yangquan, Changzhi, Jincheng), 7 cities in Shandong Province (Jinan, Zibo, Jining, Dezhou, Liaocheng, Binzhou, Heze City), and 7 cities in Henan Province (Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Anyang, Hebi, Xinxiang, Jiaozuo, Puyang City).

Major requirements

  • Beginning October 1, 2017, implement special pollutants emission limits in thermal power, steel, petrochemical, chemical, nonferrous metals, cement and boilers and other industries.
  • Beginning June 1, 2018, implement special pollutants emission limits in coking chemical industry.
  • Steel sintering and pellet industry are required to increase the special emission limit requirements for air pollutants. Beginning June 1, 2018, the new air pollutants special emission limits will be implemented.
  • Flat glass, ceramic and brick industry must develop requirements for special emissions of air pollutants. Begin implementation on June 1, 2018.

Consequences

Organizations (in the above industries) who fail to meet the special emission limit requirements after the due date will be restricted in production, stopped in production for remediation, and punished according to the relevant provisions.

Special emission limits are stricter

Foreign companies should pay close attention to:

PM special discharge limit is 10 mg / m3 – about 7%~50% of the emission limit for the current standard of new enterprise emission. It is the same discharge limit as the ones in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Ireland. It is 5%~43% of the discharge limit in countries such as the United States and Japan. And it is the upper limit of the emission control requirements by the EU and the World Bank.

SO2 special emission limit is 100 mg / m3 – about 25% to 50% of the emission limit for the current standard of new enterprise emission. It is 0%~33.3% of the national emission limit in countries such as the United States, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and it is in between the emission control requirements range of EU and the World Bank.

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