The ‘authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese’ Shanghai Disneyland, set to open its doors to the public in the first half of 2016, has inspired the closing of over 150 heavy polluters in the resort’s vicinity.
According to the Shanghai Economy and Informatization Commission, 153 heavy polluters located near Shanghai’s Pudong district have been ordered to close by the end of 2016 to create a better atmosphere for the site. More eco-friendly industries such as tourism and agriculture will instead be promoted in Shanghai’s eastern zones.
The commission did not name any organizations or disclose whether they would reopen elsewhere, but did mention that the enterprises were involved in industries such as iron and steel production, as well as chemical engineering. In June, the Commission released plans to cut Shanghai’s industrial output by 2.3 percent this year, and reduce coal consumption by 40,000 tons every year.
Analysts have estimated Shanghai Disneyland will attract 20 million visitors in its first year, with the figure increasing to 30 million annual visitors thereafter. According to macro analyst Liu Xinwei, Shanghai needs “optimized environments” as it strives to become East Asia’s central financial hub, making industrial relocation inevitable, regardless of the Disney project.
By Giulia Sciota
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