SMM News: recently, the National Energy Administration issued a letter soliciting opinions on solving the relevant problems in the process of clean heating, such as "coal to gas" and "coal to electricity". Subsequently, the Ministry of Finance issued the Circular on the Budget for the Prevention and Control of Air pollution in 2019, totaling 25 billion yuan, including 15.2 billion yuan for the pilot winter cleaning and heating in the northern region in 2019.
The original text of the Ministry of Finance is as follows:
The departments (bureaus) of finance of the relevant provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government:
In order to promote the improvement of air quality, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The contents of the work determined by the opinions of the Council on comprehensively strengthening the Protection of the Ecological Environment and resolutely fighting the Battle of pollution Prevention and Control are hereby issued to your province (autonomous region and municipality directly under the Central Government) in 2019 for the prevention and control of air pollution, used to support the relevant work in the prevention and control of air pollution, and notified as follows:
1. The arranged amounts of all provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government) are shown in Annex 1, project code: Z1450600200001, and the budget subject of government expenditure is listed as "211 Energy Saving and Environmental Protection".
II. The list of pilot cities and the amount of funds for winter cleaning and heating pilot projects in the northern region are detailed in Annex 2. The relevant provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government) are requested to allocate funds to the pilot cities as soon as possible and, in conjunction with the relevant departments, urge the pilot cities to do a good job in cleaning and heating actively and steadily. Cities included in the third batch of pilot projects should do a good job in the implementation plan of clean heating as soon as possible and submit them to the Ministry of Ecological Environment, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development, and the National Energy Administration before July 20, 2019. The four departments will be examined and approved for the record, which will be used as an important basis for local implementation of clean heating transformation and performance evaluation.
III. In accordance with the letter on Financial subsidy funds for the disposal of Trifluoromethane (HFC-23) destruction arrangements in 2018 (2019) 72), arrangements are made for the relevant provincial enterprises to subsidize the destruction of HFCs for 2017-2018 (see Annex 3 for details of the name of the enterprise and the amount of the subsidy), please transfer it to the relevant enterprises immediately.
4. Please strengthen the management of special funds and ensure the key tasks for the prevention and control of air pollution in accordance with the Circular of the Ministry of Finance on the issuance of measures for the Administration of funds for the Prevention and Control of Air pollution (Finance and Construction (2018) No. 578). Effectively improve the efficiency of financial funds. In the allocation of funds for the current year, appropriate deductions have been made for the provinces with a low rate of budget implementation, and the relevant provinces are requested to take effective measures to enhance the ability of budget implementation and enhance the efficiency of the use of financial funds. Projects that have received central financial support from the central infrastructure investment and other channels shall not be included in the scope of financial support for prevention and control.
5. In the "Circular of the General Office of the State Council on Supervision and incentive for the implementation of relevant Major policies and measures in 2018" (State Office of the people's Republic of China (2019) No. 20), the environmental treatment engineering projects are advancing rapidly and the air and water environmental quality has improved significantly in Hengshui City of Hebei Province, Shenzhen City of Guangdong Province, Haikou City of Hainan Province, Weinan City of Shaanxi Province and Yinchuan City of Ningxia Hui Autonomous region. The relevant provinces (autonomous regions) are requested to coordinate the funds allocated by the central finance and arrange a certain proportion to reward the above-mentioned places.
In order to further strengthen budget performance management, please follow the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Opinions of the Council on the full implementation of Budget performance Management (Zhongfa (2018) No. 34), improve performance target management, scientifically fill in the "Regional performance Target Application form for Air pollution Prevention and Control funds" (Annex 5), and report to our Ministry and the Ministry of Ecological Environment within 30 days from the date of receipt of this notice for the record, do a good job of performance monitoring and performance evaluation to ensure the safety and effectiveness of financial funds. Please refer to the central practice, your province (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government) after the determination of the performance targets timely decomposition, do a good job of budget performance management. The "Regional performance Target Application form for Air pollution Prevention and Control funds" and the performance targets issued (or approved by cities and counties) should be copied to the relevant Supervisory Administration of the Ministry of Finance at the same time.
Ministry of Finance and Administration
June 13, 2019