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Jan 12, 2022 08:28 PM
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Steelmakers Need Seismic Change to Keep Up With China’s Emissions Plans, Official Says

Smoke billows from a steel plant in Central China’s Hunan province in April 2018. Photo: VCG
Smoke billows from a steel plant in Central China’s Hunan province in April 2018. Photo: VCG

Hundreds of millions of tons of crude steel capacity will have to adapt to the country’s “ultra-low” emissions standards by the end of this year to stay on track with government plans for the sector, according to an environment ministry official.

For environmental and overcapacity reasons, China has for several years been reining in its steel industry.

By the end of the year, “about 560 million tons of crude steel production capacity needs to have cut pollutants and carbon emissions to meet the government-set standards as planned, of which only about one-fourth have completed the upgrade so far," Wu Xianfeng, deputy director of the Department of Atmospheric Environment at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), said at a Monday forum held by the China Iron and Steel Association.

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