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2019 Winter Environmental Management Notice

Oct 18, 2019

Recently, the Office of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment officially issued the “Action Plan for Comprehensive Management of Air Pollution in the Autumn and Winter of 2019 to 2020 in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei and the Surrounding Areas”. The implementation scope of the attack is Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the “2+26” cities in the surrounding areas. The “2+26” cities include 7 cities in Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Anyang, Hebi, Xinxiang, Jiaozuo and Xiangyang. It is worth noting that the plan does not explicitly require that all construction sites be completely shut down from October 1. Only in Article 9: Construction sites need to be surrounded by construction sites, material stacking, and closed transportation of muck vehicles.

The "Proposal" requires the promotion of industrial enterprises' peak production according to local conditions. It is strictly forbidden to adopt a “one size fits all” approach to the implementation of differentiated peak production. Local governments focus on high-emissions industries such as steel, building materials, coking, foundry, non-ferrous metals, and chemical industries, and implement peak-peak production during heating periods. According to the forecast results of monthly ambient air quality during the heating period, the peak production time can be shortened or extended appropriately. Last year's autumn and winter pollution prevention and control battle, steel, building materials, coking, casting and other industries set a specific amount of limited production ratio, such as 30% or even 50%. Anyang Steel's production capacity was set at a 50% limit in the heating season last year. This year's "Plan" clearly clarifies that for high-pollution and high-energy-consuming industries such as steel, building materials, foundry, non-ferrous metals, chemicals, coking, etc., there is no longer a unified ratio of production stoppages and production, emphasizing differentiation and peak production. For all kinds of pollutants, the pollutants can not be stably discharged, failing to meet the requirements of the discharge permit management, or failing to complete the task of comprehensive air pollution control in the autumn and winter of 2018-2019, and adopt the peak production measures. For those restricted to the "Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalogue", it is necessary to increase the proportion of production restrictions or implement production suspension. The performance level of pollution emission in the industry is obviously better than that of other environmental protection enterprises in the same industry, and production may not be restricted. The provinces should formulate guidance on the evaluation of production performance of differentiated peaks in key industries. Before the end of October 2018, relevant provincial departments will report the peak production plan. The "Proposal" clarifies that the provincial (municipal) people's governments are responsible for the implementation of local air pollution prevention and control work, and the main leaders are the first responsible persons; all relevant departments are actively implementing relevant tasks in accordance with the division of responsibilities of winning the blue sky defense war. Cities should develop local implementation plans to decompose the target tasks by the end of September 2018.

Last year's autumn and winter pollution prevention and control battles, steel, building materials, coking, casting and other industries, have set a specific amount of limited production ratio, such as 30% or even 50%. Such "stopping orders" led to a large number of industrial enterprises being forced to stop production and limit production, and a large number of workers were unemployed, causing some negative emotions.

The private small enterprises supported by the state are basically hardworking by the family. Although the profits are meager, they have raised hundreds of millions of people and supported the economic development of one side. This year's comprehensive plan for air pollution control can be said to fully consider the current series of people's livelihood problems caused by the unemployment of a large number of employees due to business failures, and also take into account the current dangers of manufacturing in China's manufacturing industry.

Chemical companies have finally hoped to climb the environmental underestimation!

For a variety of reasons, the country's implementation of a more flexible atmospheric management program means that the country recognizes the development of some outstanding enterprises, and enterprises that want to perform well in pollution control should not be subject to production restrictions of up to six months.

In the past year, chemical products have been curbed as chemical companies have fallen into an environmental storm, limiting production, shutting down production, and closing down. The relaxation of this policy has alleviated the problem of migrant workers' work stoppage and unemployment, and has also guaranteed the supply and supply of many chemical enterprises. It is worth noting that according to the new regulations, the comprehensive ban on the use of coal for home heating will no longer be implemented this winter. Instead, local governments will set targets that match local gas and power generation capabilities, thus improving the supply of chemical production this winter.

Re-emphasize through this policy of compliance with the people:

At present, the environmental protection of small and medium-sized enterprises cannot be banned in the name of “environmental protection” and “scattering pollution” like the cutting of leeks. Large enterprises do not think ahead, and small enterprises themselves are the seedlings of China's manufacturing industry in the future. They cannot be castrated in the way of environmental turmoil.

I hope that under the ban on one-size-fits-all implementation, small enterprises will be upgraded and transformed, and they will be able to do better and go further. In that way, the world will be loved by China, and China will have hope.