China’s environment ministry has vowed not to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to industrial production cuts aimed at reducing pollution in the coming winter, after heavy production curbs in previous years disrupted local economies.
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a guidance document this week that factories should face different levels of restrictions this winter based on a classification system that takes into account their emissions levels, and that local governments should avoid placing restrictions on the use of residential heating boilers and other domestic activities with little impact on air quality.
Winter historically brings heavy smog to much of northern and eastern China. The guidance document also comes amid an economic slowdown that has put pressure on heavy industry.
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