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Beijing's Air Quality Highlights Environmental Risks

Date: 20 February 2013

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Executive Summary

This report provides an independent analysis of the current pollution problems in Beijing. Data sourced from the US Embassy in Beijing show that air quality levels frequently breach the World Health Organization’s recommended standards due to unhealthy concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) a type of pollution linked to severe health problems. China has a long standing problem of enforcing compliance with environmental regulations and Beijing is now resorting to crisis management by issuing short-term control orders which negatively impact residents and business operations. Health problems related to air pollution among Beijing residents continue to increase and multinational corporations question Beijing as a location for expat staff. For Beijing air quality to conform with international standards the Chinese authorities will need to increase environmental regulation, improve enforcement and focus more resources on innovations in clean energy and electric vehicles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

BEIJING’S AIR QUALITY HIGHLIGHTS ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS
Unhealthy Beijing Air Quality Is Not Sustainable For Inhabitants Or Businesses
China Will Need To Face Up To Its Environmental Challenges – But When?

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Concentration Of Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) levels in London and Beijing

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Apple, CNOOC, CNPC, ConocoPhillips, Hays, Honda, Hyundai, King’s College London Air Quality Network, JPMorgan Chase, Sinopec, Toyota, Twitter, World Health Organization