January 2016, International
Chinas capital will earmark USD 2.57 billion this year to improve air quality in one of the worlds most polluted city, authorities said on Sunday. The funds will be used to cut back on coal use and eliminate outmoded vehicles in the capital.
Beijing has over 5.6 million registered vehicles. The city has also enforced an odd-even plate number restrictions during severe smog and also for big international events such as the 2008 Olympics and the APEC summit in 2014 to cut down on emissions.
The average density of PM2.5, airborne particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, in Beijing last year declined by 6.2 per cent year on year, statistics with the Beijing Environment Protection Bureau show.
Beijing, a city of over 21 million, aims for a year-on- year drop of 5 per cent in its average PM 2.5 reading in 2016, State-run Xinhua news agency reported.