The State Council Information Office (SCIO) held a press conference on addressing air pollution and environmental protection issues on Feb. 18, 2016. Chen Jining, minister of environmental protection, introduced basic information on the topic and answered questions from domestic and foreign press. Guo Weimin, vice minister of SCIO, chaired the event.
Chen said addressing environmental issues was essential to sustainable development and recognized significant improvement in dealing with the challenges after the adoption of strong measures during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015).
China has met the target of closing down outdated capacity ahead of schedule, cutting down production of 77 million tons of steel and 29 million tons of paper from 2011 to 2014.
While China is accelerating its industrialization and urbanization, said the minister, pollution will remain a big challenge. But China will continue to reduce emissions during the process and contribute to the world’s efforts in environmental protection, he added.