Hebei steps up green efforts: governor

The 2016 Annual Ecological Civilization Guiyang International Forum was held on July 9. Zhang Qingwei, the provincial governor of Hebei, attended the meeting and delivered a speech on the progress of Hebei’s pollution control.

Hebei, which surrounds Beijing and Tianjin and is adjacent to the Bohai Sea, is not only an eastern coastal province but also a support area of Beijing and Tianjin’s ecological environment.

Control and management of air pollution is the priority of Hebei’s ecological civilization construction. Hebei comprehensively implemented key actions such as reducing coal, disciplining polluting enterprises, car control, decreasing dust and increasing green areas. In 2015, the province's PM2.5 average concentration decreased by 28.7% compared to 2013.

Hebei adjusted its industrial structure and implemented special projects to resolve excess capacity. During the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period, it reduced industrial capacity by 33.91 million tons of iron, 41.06 million tons of steel, 1.38 billion tons of cement and 72.03 million weight cases of glass respectively. In the same period Hebei’s coal consumption decreased by 2.7 million tons.

Hebei has focused on overall ecological restoration and planned project for the restoration of hills, rivers, forests, lakes and farmlands. Among the projects initiated were Green Hebei, Baiyangdian comprehensive management, mountain restoration and another 15 major undertakings.

Hebei, which adheres to control pollution by law, strictly implemented the newly revised Environmental Protection Law. It meanwhile established a sharing mechanism with the Beijing-Tianjin Area on pollution prevention and control, which formed a preliminary system of promoting ecological civilization construction.

Strengthening international and domestic cooperation is an effective way to control pollution, said provincial governor Zhang. He said too that Hebei is willing to work closely with the parties to explore a road achieving harmony of ecological civilization construction and economic and social development.

The 2016 Annual Ecological civilization Guiyang International Forum in Guiyang, Guizhou province, July 9. [Photo/Hebei.com.cn]

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