Published By : 09 Aug 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Steel manufacturers in the smog-affected Hebei province of northern China will be obligated to stop operations in the next month if they fail to meet the new emission restrictions, the local environment authority has announced in a recent notice. The Hebei Province Environmental Protection Bureau has announced that steel companies that do not comply with the province- and state-level emission restrictions by the 1st of September 2017 will be shut down.
The heavily industrialized Hebei was home to the country’s six most polluted cities among the top 10 last year. The province alone produces nearly a quarter of the country’s total steel production and has promised to close manufacturing plants worth 60 mn tonnes capacity out of its massive capacity of 286 mn tonnes every year. The province has also promised last year to put special and strict emission restrictions on the steel industry to meet the 2-13-2017 pollution targets.
Small Particulate Matter Levels to be Cut by 25%
Imposing emission restrictions, authorities in the province have cut down the number of emissions permits awarded to steel companies, compelling them to put in extra efforts for upgrading technology and making their steel production processes cleaner. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei provinces are required to cut the intensity of small particulate matter in air by around 25% as compared to the 2012 level this entire year.
These provinces came under strong pressure recently owing to a near-record level of smog in January and February this year, which required dozens of cities in the country to issue red alerts to adhere to thin traffic and curb industrial operations.