Xinhua Headlines: Enhanced law enforcement to make skies blue again
Vessels sail in Bingshubaojian gorge in Zigui County in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region in central China's Hubei Province, April 21, 2018. (Xinhua/Zheng Jiayu)
PROGRESS SINCE 2012
According to the inspection report, China's air quality has improved across the country and the implementation of the action plan on air pollution control has seen positive achievements.
The average density of PM10 in 338 Chinese cities at prefecture level and above in 2017 decreased by 22.7 percent compared to 2013 levels, while the average density of PM2.5 in major areas including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, fell 39.6 percent, 34.3 percent and 27.7 percent respectively, said the report.
China cut steel production capacity by 170 million tonnes, coal by 800 million tonnes, and cement by 230 million tonnes over the past five years, the report noted.
The country's coal consumption dropped 8.1 percentage points while the proportion of clean energy in total energy consumption increased by 6.3 percentage points over the past five years, it said.