(Yicai Global) Jan. 18 -- The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau has made significant progress in environmental protection in recent years, and reached its 20 percent particulate matter 2.5 reduction target one year ahead of the phased schedule, its director said.
The average concentration of PM 2.5 in Shanghai was 45 microgram/m3 in 2016, down 8 microgram/m3 or 15.1 percent year-on-year, said Zhang Quan, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau's chief director, at a meeting yesterday. PM 2.5 concentration decreased 27.4 percent in the city since 2013. The average annual concentration of SO2, NO2 and PM 10 also dropped -- 11.8, 6.5 and 14.5 percent, respectively.
In 2016, Shanghai introduced a series of air pollution prevention and control measures, and strengthened existing measures. The 187 key tasks specified in the Shanghai Clean Air Action Program were all completed one year ahead of the schedule.
The average PM 2.5 concentration in the Yangtze River Delta fell 13.2 percent year-on-year in 2016, indicating that joint pollution prevention and control efforts have started to bear fruit, Zhang said.