Beijing to spend $2.6 billion this year to fight pollution
- Beijing will spend more than $2.6 billion to combat air pollution in 2017 and aims to control annual average density of PM 2.5 to around 60 micrograms.
- The announcement came as Beijing along with 20 other cities suffered prolonged smog for over two weeks.
- Beijing will cap the capital city’s population to 22 million this year.
- In 2017, 700 villages will switch from coal to clean energy.
- Total coal use will be cut by 30% to seven million tonnes and 300,000 outdated vehicles will be phased out.
- The city will reward buildings and districts that use environmental friendly technologies.
- Beijing plans to remove non-essential functions and improve urban management. The non-essential functions include manufacturing, logistics, and wholesale markets.
- The campaign includes the demolishing of illegal buildings with total floor space of more than 40 million square meters, relocating or improving 158 market and logistics centers, and closing more than 500 general manufacturing and polluting companies.
- Beijing’s population exceeded 21 million in 2015. The city aims to cap it at 23 million by 2020.