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There will be more blue skies every year

Posted time:2017-03-10

There is no substitute for the ecological environment. It is hard to save what is lost. In ecological and environmental protection, we must adopt an overall, long-term and holistic approach, give priority to protection, adhere to the basic state policy of conserving resources and protecting the environment, protect the environment like we protect our eyes, treat the environment like we treat our lives, promote green development and lifestyles, and work together to make the people richer, the country stronger, and China beautiful.

How to eliminate "heart and lung disease" is the common concern of the public. The statements in the government Work report, such as "We will resolutely fight to keep our skies blue" and "we will definitely have more blue skies year after year", aroused great expectations from the public and were also hot topics of discussion among deputies and committee members.

Long-term accumulation, load forward, air quality improvement needs to continue to add force

China's rapid economic growth over the past 30 years, especially a development path characterized by heavy chemical industrialization, an energy structure dominated by coal and environmental regulation that has often given way to economic growth, have led to today's serious environmental problems, Wang said. Air pollution is the result of long-term accumulation.

Wang Yi said that the government work report proposed "scientific policies, addressing both the symptoms and root causes, and taking an iron grip", which reflects the government's determination to protect the environment and control pollution. Haze reflects the comprehensive environmental quality problem, is a structural problem of social economy, can not be solved overnight, to obtain continuous improvement, must step by step, constantly work.

Since the start of winter last year, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding areas have experienced frequent episodes of heavy pollution, which has caused much public anxiety and raised questions about the accuracy of monitoring data. Bao Jingling said: "I live in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, especially understand everyone's feelings, but we still need to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control in recent years." Bao said that in addition to monitoring stations at all levels managed by the environmental protection department, there are also scientific research observation stations set up in various regions by different departments, equipped with the most advanced international equipment, and the monitoring data of these stations are fully consistent with the data released by the environmental protection department.

The air quality improved greatly in the first three quarters of last year, but after the heating season, heavy pollution often occurred once the weather conditions were not good. As Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining said, environmental quality is being improved under the premise of a very high total amount of pollutants discharged.

"The repetition in the process of air control shows that the improvement of atmospheric environment quality is still very fragile." Bao said more efforts should be made to reduce the total amount of pollutants discharged in order to maintain good air quality under unfavorable weather conditions.

We will focus on difficulties, strengthen weak links, and resolutely fight to keep our skies blue

Air pollution control is difficult, the most difficult in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and surrounding areas. The geographical conditions are not conducive to the diffusion of pollutants, coupled with the large population density and high discharge intensity per unit area, so that the people in this area feel the "heart and lung problems" the most.

"Beijing-tianjin-hebei air governance work does exist a lot of difficulties." The difficulties include the need to accelerate the pace of industrial and energy restructuring, strengthen the control of motor vehicle pollution, speed up the bulk coal replacement project, implement refined urban management realistically, and resolve the impact of regional transmission as soon as possible, Liu said.

"Loose coal control can be said to be the shortest air control work in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei that board, the government work report requires this year to complete the electricity to replace coal, to replace coal gas more than 3 million households, this is the livelihood of the people's livelihood project, warm heart project, but also for the improvement of the atmospheric environment this year to lay the foundation of the work. Last year, 800,000 households in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region replaced coal with electricity and gas, replacing 2 million tons of loose coal, accounting for 5 percent of the region's 40 million tons of loose coal, Liu said. This year's task volume of 3 million households will replace 8 million tons of loose coal.

Anyone who has visited the port of Tianjin is impressed by the long line of black-tailed coal trucks on the highway leading to the port. The cars have seriously affected the air quality in and around Tianjin. It is gratifying to see that the government work report has made arrangements for the prevention and control of vehicle pollution by proposing to "strengthen the control of vehicle exhaust" and "carry out special rectification of high-emission vehicles".

"The Ministry of Environmental Protection has determined that Tianjin Port will no longer receive coal from diesel trucks before the end of September, reflecting a more refined approach to governance." According to Bao Jingling, by itself, nearly 6,000 heavy vehicles with a deadweight of more than 40 tons can be removed from the transit every day. Although the cost of road transportation will increase, the environmental benefits are very obvious.

Deputies and members of the committee expressed the need to implement the specific measures and requirements in the report, further improve the atmospheric environment, and resolutely fight to keep our skies blue.

We will strictly enforce the law, supervise and hold government accountable, and ensure that all measures are implemented effectively

A recent inspection by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that some enterprises continued to discharge pollutants exceeding the standard during heavy pollution emergency response, and some localities placed enterprises that had already stopped production on the emergency production restriction list.

"On the surface, thousands of them have been shut down, but the corresponding effect of reducing pollution has not been fully achieved. This is not only bad for the overall improvement of air quality, but also irresponsible for people's health." Liu Bingjiang said.

The inspection also found that the implementation of Party and government responsibilities is not in place, the lack of joint efforts between government departments and other problems, hindering the pace of improvement of the atmospheric environment. Deputies and committee members believe that in this "blue sky battle", it is particularly important to clarify responsibilities and strictly hold people accountable.

"We must crack down hard on those who steal platoon and fake platoon; Those who fail to enforce the law or allow them to do so must be seriously investigated. Those who fail to respond to worsening air quality must be held accountable." The report on the work of the government made a strong statement about accountability.

"Companies, the government and the public each have their own responsibilities to protect our blue skies and work together to reduce emissions. We must further clarify who is responsible and what their responsibilities are." Wang Yi said that in the past few years since the implementation of the "Action Plan for Air Pollution", almost all the work that is easy to see results has been done, while the rest are hard bones that are difficult to chew. Only by gradually establishing a more efficient multi-responsibility system and coordination mechanism can we jointly tackle difficulties and speed up the pace of governance.

Liu Bingjiang believes that the illegal enterprises should continue to maintain a high pressure situation of environmental supervision; As for the problems existing in local governments and departments, we will, in light of the situation, carry out interviews, limit approval, and hold them accountable in accordance with the law, and urge relevant local governments to find out the causes and responsibilities for these problems, so as to ensure that all the measures of the Ten Action Plan on Atmospheric Pollution can be truly implemented and effective.

"Now is the 'critical period' and the 'transitional period' of pollution control. As long as the mechanism is improved, the decision-making is scientific and the action is swift, it is expected to usher in the overall improvement of environmental quality as soon as possible. Of course, we can only have more blue skies, a better environment and a more sustainable future as soon as we work together." Wang Yi said.


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