Air Pollution In 2012: China’s Outlook

There is good news on the horizon for China - air pollution standards have recently been tightened, with tougher restrictions on air pollutant emissions such as sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants. With approximately 92% of China’s thermal power plants running on coal exclusively, these new restrictions, some of which took effect on January 1, could have a major impact on health and air quality.

Some challenges remain - how will the regulations be implemented and enforced? Will this negatively impact growth in high development regions? However, the attention being paid by the Chinese government and regulators to the impact of unregulated coal development is a promising start.

Want to know more? Read the full article on Alliance President Barbara Finamore’s blog.