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Beijing has recently announced a new fee on the discharge of volatile organic compounds for the city's industrial companies that release these pollutants.

According to the officials, this announcement highlights the commitment to raise the enterprises' awareness of the cost of pollution and the urgency to establish measures to cleanse the air.

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau has outlined that, in relation to the environmental cost of pollution, the levy will be stronger than the current discharge tax on sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide.

Moreover, the Pollution Prevention Department of the bureau has explained that the money obtained from the tax will be invested to enhance the city's air quality.

In line with the government’s policy, the economic leverage represents an instrument to reduce emissions.

In addition to that, the government has established pollutant discharge standards for seven industries including automobile manufacturing, vehicle repair, organic chemicals and package printing. Also these discharge standards will be applied for boilers, oil refineries and other chemical operations.

The city's environmental agency has raised the fees for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen in order to reach the aim to cut emissions.

The government’ strategy entails that companies which emit 50 percent less pollutants than the emission standards will be charged half the standard price, and the enterprises that exceed the target will have to pay double fees and face other punishments.

In this way, Beijing will gradually reform its industrial sector, striking polluting industries and establishing financial incentives and other forms of encouragement to persuade companies to stop pollution.

Data show thatindustrial emissions are the third-largest cause of pollution in Beijing.

Despite the strong commitment that the capital is following, industrial pollution still represents one of the major problems that the government has to address.


The gLAWcal Team

Friday, 16 May 2014

(source: Chinadaily)