A provincial regulation for air quality control in Hainan was outlined on March 7th, 2014. The move aims to help greatly improve the air quality in Hainan by the end of 2017.

The regulation sets the goal that the air quality in Hainan will be kept fairly good by the end of 2017, with excellent days of more than 95%. Besides, the average concentration of PM10 across the island should be decreased 5% less than a year earlier.

The regulation stipulates that a complete set of systems for air quality monitoring and a forecasting warning system will be established in Haikou and Sanya by the end of 2015.

Outdoor BBQ will be strictly limited in urban areas by the end of 2017 in order to curb air pollution. Coal plants, dust, and waste incineration that produce fine particulate matter are also the focus of strict control in the regulation.

Haikou and Sanya will introduce measures to control the number of private vehicles and expand their environmentally friendly public transport vehicle fleet. The heavy-polluting vehicles, popularly known as ‘yellow label cars’, will be prohibited from driving on roads in Hainan by the end of 2017.


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