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China Shuts Down Factories to Fight Air Pollution

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:16 AM

China has shutdown thousands of factories in an unprecedented crackdown to address its air pollution problems stemming from large chunks of the country’s manufacturing sector, Forbes magazine reported.

Safety officials have been visiting various provinces across China, conducting inspections to ensure factories meet emission requirements.

Current estimates are that about 40 percent of China’s factories have already been shut down in order to be inspected and, Forbes noted, over 80, 000 factories have received fines while others face jail time.

The shutdowns are in line with China’s campaign to effectively reduce the concentration of hazardous fine particulate matter from 47 micrograms per cubic metre to 35 micrograms by 2035.

"It will be very difficult to reach the goal, and we need to make greater efforts to achieve it," environmental protection minister Li Ganjie said, according to Science Alert.

For several years China has been working towards cleaner air by reducing emissions from polluting industries by 30 percent and this is not the first time the country has instilled widespread factory shutdowns.

According to Risk Methods, a Boston based risk management company focusing on chain stores, similar efforts have been introduced to achieve temporary smog lifts ahead of the 2008 Olympics as well as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2014.

While the efforts offer positive environmental implications, many are left wondering how this will affect local and international industries.

Risk Methods noted that these shutdowns could have a massive impact on local supply chains, while Forbes said the initiative could lead to a decline in China’s industrial sector.

Ganjie sought to ease these concerns, stating that the crackdown would not disrupt economic growth.

“It is impossible that such efforts will not have any impact on enterprises,” he said, per The New York Times. “But in the long run, and from the macro perspective, the impact will be minimal.”

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