Ms. Li Pei, Deputy Director General of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of MEP of China, introduced FECO-MEP’s 13-year collaboration with Clean Air Asia.
After the National Holiday, Northern China was visited by another severe episode of haze. According to data by Ministry of Environmental Protection, ozone, replacing fine particulate matter (PM2.5), was responsible for the substandard air quality in China in the last four months. Cutting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions, a major precursor to the two pollutants—ground-level ozone and particulate matter—is now a priority to control air pollution.
On October 14, the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of Ministry of Environmental Protection (FECO-MEP) and Clean Air Asia co-hosted the 11th Annual China City Air Quality Management Workshop in Dalian, China. The three-day-workshop tackled VOCs emission management and technologies in petrochemical, painting and ink industries and provided international and domestic experience and technical support for local environmental protection bureaus to implement the “Action Plan for Air Pollution Prevention and Control” and “Air Pollution Prevention Law”.
“The Action Plan for Air Pollution Prevention and Control has made significant achievements in past two years, however, ozone pollution has been rising, highlighting the urgency of VOCs control,” said Deputy Director Tong Li of the Department of Pollution Prevention and Control of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. “Problems such as unidentified sources and lack of standards are new challenges to the government in managing the VOCs emissions. In addition, enterprises shall bear the responsibility of disclosing emission sources and volume.”
“The new ‘Air Law’ puts VOCs under supervision for the first time and will come into effect on January 1, 2016; ‘VOCs Emission Charge Pilot Approach’ was implemented on October 1, 2015. The workshop focused on the needs of the local environmental protection staff and provided feasible technical support and guidance.” said Deputy Director General LI Pei of FECO-MEP.
Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia said, “In order to help Chinese cities reduce VOCs emissions, Clean Air Asia has developed industry-specific training materials covering policy, management and technology jointly with top experts, and delivered this training program in the Dalian workshop. We hope this new form of training can give Chinese cities more practical support, and that training materials can be used by local environmental protection staff in their day-to-day VOCs management.”
The three-day workshop focused on in-depth discussions on how to control the VOCs emission in petrochemical, painting and ink industries. As one key developer of the training materials, Prof. Xiu Guangli, Deputy Dean of the College of Resource and Environmental Engineering of the East China University of Science and Technology said, “China is one of the biggest producer of paint and ink. Raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in petrochemical industry are mostly VOCs. Fugitive emissions of VOCs by these industries are major sources of air pollution and call for refined management supported by policies, regulations, standards, production process, testing, and other aspects.”
At the workshop experts from the US, Japan and China and local environmental protection representatives from Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangzhou pioneering in VOCs control shared their experiences. Over 150 participants from 19 provinces and 22 cities made a direct dialogue with foreign and domestic experts to discuss problems and solutions.
As an annual event of China City Air Quality Management Network, the workshop has been co-hosted by FECO-MEP and Clean Air Asia since 2005. In response to highlights and difficulties of air quality management in each year, this annual workshop pools national and local environmental protection departments, and domestic and international experts to share experience, improve air quality management and provide valuable suggestions for China’s air quality management policy development. Previous workshop themes included air quality emergency management, regional air quality management and cooperation, and PM2.5 control measures.
Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen gave the opening speech for the workshop.
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Ms. Tong Li from the Department of Pollution Prevention and Control of MEP, introduced the condition of VOCs pollution in China
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