(Yicai Global) July 24 – The PM2.5 concentration reached an average of 72 micrograms per cubic meter in the first half of this year in China's Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, up 14.3 percent on the year, recent data from the environmental protection ministry shows.
The data has aroused some public concern with the proportion of average good days in the region's 13 cities falling 7.1 percentage points to 50.7 percent. The PM10 concentration reached 129 micrograms per cubic meter, a rise of 13.2 percent annually.
Sand and dust storms affected 208 cities of 23 provinces in the first half, contributing significantly to the increase in average PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations, said Liu Zhiquan, director of the Environmental Monitoring Division of the environmental protection ministry.
The proportion of average good days in China's 338 prefectural-or-above level cities reached 78.4 percent in June, down 7.1 percentage points from the same month last year. The average PM2.5 concentration for June reached 29 micrograms per cubic meter, a fall of 3.3 percent on last year, while the PM10 concentration rose to 56 micrograms per cubic meter, an increase of 1.8 percent annually.
The data shows that more effort should be made in energy conservation and environmental protection, with more innovative initiatives needed for emissions reduction, experts told Yicai Global.
China has the largest energy conservation and environmental protection market in the world. Technology in these areas is developing rapidly but there is still a shortfall between China and developed countries in terms of technical innovation, said Sun Xiaohua, vice chairman of the All-China Environment Federation.
The All-China Environment Federation, the China Energy Conservation Association and the China Association of Circular Economy will team up to build a social service platform for technological and industrial innovations in energy-saving and environmental protection, the organizations said on July 21.