Reuters reported that China’s southeastern manufacturing hub of Guangdong is planning to impose tougher emission curbs on its steel, petrochemical and cement firms starting from June as it bids to meet state air quality standards.
The Guangdong Environmental Protection Bureau said on Tuesday that industrial emissions curbs will be extended to the entire province as it aims to bring average concentrations of hazardous, breathable particles known as PM2.5 to around 30 micrograms per cubic meter by 2020.
The draft guidelines, issued this week and currently subject to public consultation, will force all new steel, petrochemical and cement plants to meet tougher standards on particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, starting from June 6. Existing capacity must comply with the new restrictions by Dec. 1.
Firms that do not meet the new requirements will be subject to punitive measures, including production restrictions, fines and even closures, the document said.
Guangdong is the location of the 9-million tonne per annum Zhanjiang steel base run by the Baowu Iron and Steel Group. The province produced 28.9 million tonnes of crude steel last year, up 24.7 percent compared to 2016.
Source : Reuters