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Jiaxing makes progress in eco-protection in 2019

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Jan 3, 2020

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Jiaxing makes significant progress in environmental protection in 2019. [Photo/jiaxing.gov.cn]

Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province, made impressive progress in environmental protection in 2019, local news reported on Jan 2.

The city's annual concentration of PM2.5 in 2019 was 35 micrograms per cubic meter, dropping by 5.4 percent year on year, and the proportion of days with good air quality reached 80 percent, both of which exceeded annual targets.

Over the past few years, Jiaxing has taken measures to control air pollution during autumn and winter, when smog often becomes severe. An action plan for environmental protection was thus released by the local government, and more focus was put on renovating industrial enterprises, construction sites, wharfs, ships, and petrol stations.

The city also introduced stricter bans to discourage the burning of straw, and the comprehensive utilization rate of straw reached 95.96 percent.

The city's "Blue Sky Protection Campaign" saw unprecedented success as well, and efforts were made to treat waste gas in some key areas.

In addition, odor-free enterprises and industrial parks were established at Jiaxing Port, and coal consumption was greatly reduced. The city has also applied advanced technology to better monitor the air quality index in light of the increasing concentration of ozone in the summer.

Since 2013, the level of public satisfaction toward the environment has been going up year after year, and in 2019, the rate climbed to 83.09 percent, ranking eighth in Zhejiang province, two places higher than in 2018.