(Yicai Global) Nov. 22 -- China may revise its standards of what is considered as pollutants, as bad smells account for nearly 18 percent of all residents' environmentally-related complaints, according to data from the national 12369 Environmental Report platform.
Chinese residents have woken up to a bad smell of business in their backyards as 22 percent of all environmental complaints in the eight months ending August involved odors coming from sources such as petroleum refining, production of rubber, drugs, paper, as well as keeping livestock. After noise, this was the second-most popular source of annoyance in people's habitat.
China is planning to revise the standards to meet the requirements, said Wang Heng, an expert at the China State Key Laboratory of Odor Pollution Control, at a related conference today.
Beijing, Tianjin and other cities with developed economies and dense populations filed about 30 percent of all these complaints, said Yang Chaofei, the former chief engineer at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
The industry should focus on reducing pollution and control the process with appropriate technologies, using the Internet of Things and big data, Wang said, adding that also the level of communication needs improving.
Challenges are also opportunities and the golden age for odor control is about to start as the industry is expected to maintain high growth in the next few years, Wang added. The market for monitoring odor pollution is expected to reach CNY100 billion (USD14.4 billion), according to some reports.
Editor: Emmi Laine