Roundtable on Reducing Air Pollution and Carbon Emissions in Fenwei Plain


Fenwei Plain, whose area covers Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces as well as parts of Henan province, is one of China’s most polluted regions and has been named a key region in the Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s Three-Year Action Plan for Winning the Blue Sky War. To coordinate local action to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions among government officials, law makers, industry experts, and the public, NRDC held a multiple stakeholder roundtable on April 16 in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, with the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning (CAEP) and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Around 50 participants joined the roundtable discussion, including representatives from the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), the local environmental protection agency and energy administration,courts, prosecutors, academic institutions, industry associations, and NGOs. Officials and environmental technicians from  the three provinces in Fenwei Plain, and their counterparts from Jiangsu and Shandong Provinces also joined the discussion, which covered environmental protection efforts and energy transition plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and proposed new mechanisms to bolster efforts to enforce laws and regulations, with the ultimate goal of achieving both air pollution and climate goals in Fenwei Plain. The participants also discussed how to effectively govern and regulate the use of dispersed coal, an overwhelming contributor to the region’s air pollution.