Sanya draws up emergency plan to improve air quality
Sanya has drawn up an emergency plan to tackle heavy pollution, which is expected to be activated within this year.
The city has set up a system to release environmental monitoring data and air quality forecasts, including warnings on days when there is pollution.
On 29th January, the government rolled out measures to control dust pollution. Construction companies in Sanya will need to keep a close eye on emissions of dust and other forms of pollution at their existing construction sites if they want to bid on new projects, according to a city government official.
On 10th January, Sanya announced comprehensive restrictions on fireworks in order to curb its air and noise pollution. According to the regulations, sky lanterns will be banned permanently in densely-populated places and scenic spots in Sanya. Fireworks can only be set off in certain areas and at certain times on public holidays including New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Spring Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day.
This year, Sanya will continue to introduce more energy-efficient buses and taxis. 108 taxis running on diesel will be replaced of double-fueled taxis by the end of 2014.