Date
22 November 2017
China is stepping up financial assistance to Beijing municipal government to help curb air pollution in the capital city. Photo: Bloomberg
China is stepping up financial assistance to Beijing municipal government to help curb air pollution in the capital city. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing to get more central funds to curb air pollution

Beijing will get 1 billion yuan (US$160 million) of central government funds this year to curb air pollution, up from 700 million yuan in 2013, China Daily cited a senior official as saying Monday.

In May, the central government allocated 10 billion yuan to three major industrial zones to curb air pollution in 2014, double the amount allocated in 2013.

“Of the government funds, Beijing will get 1 billion yuan to support the work in reducing air pollution this year,” Fang Li, deputy director of Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, was quoted as saying.

Beijing has set a target of cutting its annual average PM2.5 concentration by 25 percent by 2017.

PM2.5 refers to particles about 100 times thinner than a human hair that are small enough to enter the lungs and bloodstream.

In order to reach the goal, Beijing will inject 760 billion yuan by 2017, the municipal government said.

In May, the central government allocated 8 billion yuan to accelerate air pollution treatment in the delta areas of the Pearl River and Yangtze River, and the region covering Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi provinces and Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

The remaining 2 billion yuan was earmarked for the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei trilateral zone.

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