China to miss pollution goals for 2007
August 22, 2007
SEPA said emissions of sulphur dioxide have fallen 0.88 percent to 12.63 million tons in the first half of the year. China has pledged to cut emissions of several major pollutants by 10 percent between 2006 and 2010, but is already well behind targets for sulphur dioxide and chemical oxygen demand (COD), a measure of water pollution that has increased by 0.24 percent so far this year.
SEPA attributed the fall in sulphur dioxide emissions to the installation of more desulfurizing facilities in coal-fire power plants and the closing of 5.5 megawatts of small coal-fired plants.
"While power capacity increased by 18.3 percent, the sulphur dioxide emission dropped by 5.2 percent, which offsets the emission from other industries," a SEPA official was quoted as saying on SEPA's Web site (www.sepa.gov.cn). "Although we have made some progress, the situation of cutting emissions remains grim."
Shanghai's air quality has worsened in 2007 according to SEPA.
In a separate statement, SEPA said heavy polluters would be blocked from filing for initial public offerings (IPOs) in China's booming stock market. Companies now must get environmental clearance from the SEPA if they want to go public.