SHANGHAI, Oct 9 (SMM) – Chinese authorities mulled starting winter cuts on heavy industry production across the Yangtze River Delta region from November, according to the most recent draft for public comments.
Policymakers aim to reduce average concentrations of fine particulate matter by around 5% on a yearly basis during October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. They also expect to reduce the numbers of extremely polluted days by some 5% year on year.
Concentrations of fine particulate matter in nine cities, including Xuzhou in the nation’s second biggest steelmaking province, across the region exceeded 70 micrograms per cubic metre in last year’s winter. This drew the attention of authorities, who stepped up curbs this year.
Production curbs, effective from November 2018 to February 2019, will also apply to building material, coke, casting, nonferrous and chemical sectors.
The draft discouraged the use of blanket cuts and that there would be more exemptions to winter curbs for mills who have upgraded facilities. Cities or provinces are required to set their own detailed plans for curbing production, by the end of October.