Considerable progress in China’s green development

China has made considerable progress in controlling pollution and environmental protection over the past five years.

The average concentration of hazardous airborne particles PM 2.5, a measure which gages air quality, has consistently decreased annually since 2015. Tests carried out in 337 cities showed that the percentage of days with good air quality was 82% in 2019, and rose to 87.2% in the first nine months of this year. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of Gross Domestic Product fell by 18.2% from 2015 to the end of last year. The Chinese government recently pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

The country’s proportion of forest coverage reached 23% in 2019, contributing to an increase in tourism to forest areas.

In 2019, Shanghai piloted a mandatory recycling scheme which has since been rolled out throughout the country.

The central government has invested more than 10 billion RMB (approximately $1.5 billion) into technologies to protect the environment.

Chinese consumers are also showing a growing concern about environmental issues, as shown by the rise of plant-based meat alternatives and platforms offering second-hand clothes.


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