The Shanghai government has announced a raft of measures designed to combat air pollution which will come into effect next year.
According to Shanghai Daily, the environment watchdog said yesterday that it plans to build more parks in the city and introduce a ban on polluting vehicles and factories. It will also attempt to place limits on dust emissions from construction sites.
Shanghai plans to have 27 square kilometers of new forest area and 12 square kilometers of parks and green lands by the end of 2016. This year, the city planted 10 square kilometers of green lands, 67 square kilometers converted into forest land and parks.
The city government will cooperate with other governments in the Yangtze Delta region to monitor car emissions and will set up its a system to supervise flying dust from construction sites, docks and roads.
In a report to city legislators drafted by the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, the average density of PM2.5 particles was found to be 51 micrograms per cubic meter, the same value as in 2014. It represents a 15 percent drop from 2013.
The report also highlighted the alarming levels of pollution in local waterways, citing that over half of Shanghai’s rivers and lakes are heavily polluted and much of the city’s soil beds contaminated.
At least things are better than in Beijing.