FACTBOX-Chinese cities scramble to enforce production cuts, smog curbs

by Reuters
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:22 GMT

(Adds Changzhou order) BEIJING, July 31 (Reuters) - China's cities are scrambling to implement production curbs in heavy industry, in a bid to cut emissions as part of Beijing's intensified anti-pollution campaign. The city of Changzhou recently issued a draft plan ordering steel mills, chemical makers and cement producers to shut down or cut production by as much as 50 percent by Aug.3 at the latest until probably the end of this year. Tangshan city is cutting emissions for six weeks during summer, while most industrial plants in Xuzhou city remain shut due to environmental reasons. Here is a list of policies targeting mills issued by major steelmaking regions. City Measures Date Story links Tangshan Extended winter March-mid production curbs with November 2018 reductions at 10-15 percent Deepened capacity July 20-Aug 31 cuts on sintering and blast furnaces without giving specific amount Emergency emission Any time cut on sintering depending on process air quality Set deadline for By October 2018 mills to meet ultra-low emissions target Handan Extended winter April-mid production curbs at November 2018 reduction rate of about 25 percent Xuzhou Ordered mills to shut April-October until meeting emission targets Changzhou Ordered mills to shut Aug-end of 2018 down or cut production by as much as 50 percent Broader Could impose special 2018-2020 regions emission restrictions in as many as 80 cities (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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