Meta Data
Title in national language: 
大气防治行动计划
Draft: 
No
Revision of previous policy?: 
No
Draft Year: 
2013
Effective Start Year: 
2013
Scope: 
National
Document Type: 
Plan/Strategy
Economic Sector: 
Energy, Power, Industry, Transport, Multi-Sector
Energy Types: 
All, Other
Issued by: 
General Office of the State Council
Overall Summary: 
The plan aims to reduce the pollution and change the air quality in key regions. Targets include to decrease the urban concentration of Particulate Matters (PM10) by 10% by 2017 compared with 2012, and to increase the annual number of days with fairly good air quality. This can be achieved by changing the energy structures, and investing in the implementation of the new energies.
Access
Energy access action plan: 
Electricity, new energy, clean coal and efficient energy saving boiler will be used in areas without gas and heating supply.
Efficiency
EE priorities: 
Improve energy efficiency. […]--- Proactively develop green buildings. ---Optimize the utilization of natural gas[...].
EE action plans: 
Advance heating metering reform. --- Accelerate the push for heating metering and energy efficiency retrofit in existing residential buildings in northern regions. ---Charge heating supply according to meter reading in new buildings and existing buildings that retrofits have been done.---Implement energy conservation evaluation regime strictly. […]Facility efficiency should be at the top level measured by energy efficiency standards.
EE building standards: 
The energy intensity of new units with high energy consumption should reach national advanced level[…].---Proactively develop green buildings. Adopt green building standard in public buildings and indemnificatory housing first. Strictly implement mandatory energy saving standard in new buildings[…].---[…] prioritize the use of newly increased natural gas in residential sector or as a substitute to coal
EE transport standards : 
Improve fuel quality. [T]he new natural gas pipeline capacity will be more than 150 billion cubic meter in 2015, which will cover Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta, and Pearl River Delta regions[...]. [A]im to supply National Stage IV gasoline and diesel by the end of 2013 and 2014 respectively nationwide. National Stage V gasoline and diesel will be supplied in key cities in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions before the end of 2015. National Stage V gasoline and diesel should be provided nationwide before the end of 2017
Cooperation in EE: 
[…]The energy intensity of new facilities should achieve international advanced level in key regions.
Renewable Energy
RE priorities: 
Actively develop hydro power.---explore geothermal, wind, solar power and biomass.
Environment
Energy environmental priorities: 
Enhance the use of environmental protection and energy saving indicators.
Pollution control action plans: 
[...]prioritize the use of newly increased natural gas in residential sector or as a substitute to coal[...] ---Strictly implement pollutant emission total control, and take the criteria whether the emissions of SO2, NOx, dust and VOCs can meet the total control requirements to be a precondition for the environmental impact assessment approval of a construction project. Increase efforts on pollution charges; make sure to charge as it supposes to be. Properly increase the pollution charges and take the volatile organic compounds pollution into the charging system. [L]ocal governments should enhance the policy support for the programs related to people’s livelihood, such as “coal to gas” fuel switching retrofit project;
Decarbonization strategy: 
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, will aim to have negative growth of coal consumption, replace coal by increasing imported electricity, natural gas supply and the use of non-fossil energy.
Pricing
Energy pricing: 
Charge heating supply according to meter reading in new buildings and existing buildings that retrofits have been done.[I]mprove the pricing and tax policy. [P]romote the development of natural gas pricing mechanism; make the pricing of natural gas in line with the pricing of other alternatives. [A]ccording to the principles of “reasonable compensation, good quality price ratio, polluters pay”, establish the refined oil pricing.
Energy Supply and Infrastructure
Energy supply priorities: 
Increase the supply of natural gas, coal based SNG(substitute or synthetic natural gas) and coal-bed methane[...].
Energy mix: 
The share of coal in total energy consumption will decrease to less than 65% by 2017.[T]he share of coal in total energy consumption will decrease to less than 65% by 2017.
Infrastructure development priorities: 
Accelerate the establishment and retrofit of heating-supply pipe networks.[...]The new natural gas pipeline capacity will be more than 150 billion cubic meter in 2015, which will cover Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta, and Pearl River Delta regions.
Trade
Energy export financial incentives: 
[...]Perfect the export tax rebate policy and comprehensive use of resources tax policy[...]
Governance
Energy management principles: 
[P]erfect the supportive policies to improve the development of environmental service industry[...]
Technology
Clean energy technology priorities: 
Accelerate the use of centralized/district heating, push fuel switching including “coal to gas” and “coal to electricity”[...]. [A]ccelerate clean energy utilization. Increase the supply of natural gas, coal based SNG(substitute or synthetic natural gas) and coal-bed methane. [L]ocal governments should enhance the policy support for the programs related to people’s livelihood, such as “coal to gas” fuel switching retrofit project[...]
Clean energy technology deployment: 
promote the utilization of the techniques and equipment, such as solar water heater system, ground source heat pump, air source heat pump, building integrated PV and combined “electricity-heat-cooling” supply system. [P]rovide pricing support to the existing thermal power plants which adopt advanced dust control facilities. [C]omplying with the taxation law and regulation, provide income tax incentives to the enterprises of specialized equipment or conducting environmental protection programs and high-tech enterprises. [A]ccelerate desulfurization (SO2 control), denitrification (NOx control), and dust removal(PM control) retrofit projects in key industries. Desulfurization facilities must be installed in every coal-fired power plant, sintering machine and pellet production equipment of iron-steel enterprises, catalytic cracking units of oil refining enterprises […].[D]enitrification facilities should be installed in all coal-fired units except circulating fluidized bed(CFB) boilers; low NOx combustion technology should be applied and denitrification facilities should be installed in new dry cement kilns. Existing dust removal facilities in coal-fired boilers and industrial furnaces should be upgraded. [...]promote the utilization of the techniques and equipments, such as solar water heater system, ground source heat pump, air source heat pump, building integrated PV and combined “electricity-heat-cooling” supply system. [T]he capacity of running nuclear power will reach 50GW, and the non-fossil energy’s share in energy structure will rise up to 13% in 2017
Low-emission and cleaner coal technology: 
Accelerate the replacement of coal to natural gas facilities in industries in key regions; coal to natural gas retrofits for coal-fired boilers, industrial furnace and captive coal-fired power plant should be finished in 2017. [A]dvance clean use of coal. Increase the coal washing by installing the coal washing facilities synchronously with new coal mine; accelerating the pace of installation in existing coal mines. Coal washing rate will increase to more than 70% in 2017