|(NPC) End is nigh for 50,000 coal furnaces, 6m vehicles
Premier Li Keqiang said today he is “declaring war'' on pollution, describing it as a “red-light warning'' against inefficiency.
In his speech to the National People's Congress, China's legislature in Beijing, Li described the deterioration of the environment as “nature's red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development.’’
“We will declare war against pollution and fight it with the same determination we battled poverty,'' said the premier.
The government will shut down 50,000 small coal-fired furnaces this year, clean up major coal-burning power plants, and remove six million high-emission vehicles from the roads, he said.
A cap will be put on the country's total energy consumption and measures will be taken to curb water pollution, conserve soil, recover wetlands and restore forests and grassland, he added.
Chinese authorities have repeatedly pledged action to improve the environment in
In an apparent response to worries over the country's scandal-prone food industry, Li promised to crack down on the production and sale of counterfeit and shoddy goods, improve safety monitoring systems and introduce tracing mechanisms.
“We will... apply the strictest possible oversight, punishment and accountability to prevent and control food contamination and ensure that every bite of food we eat is safe,'' he said.—AFP