China has gained international attention in recent decades due to issues on air quality and pollution. Five years ago, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang declared a 'war on pollution,' a bold statement that backed by specific measures on how to improve the country's environmental status.
A year before the Premier’s declaration, the country released the 2013 Air Pollution Prevention Action Plan, which paved the way for significant changes that have been recorded in recent years. The first general item in the action plan was to 'increase comprehensive management efforts to reduce emissions of multiple pollutants.’ The Premier stressed in 2014 the importance of reducing particulate matter known as PM 2.5, one of the major pollutants that affect the country’s air quality. This year, however, brings good news to residents of China, Beijing, in particular, as a new report has been released.
Earlier this year, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau (BEE) released a report titled, “A Review of 20 years’ Air Pollution Control in Beijing.”
The report says that between 2013-2017, the annual average PM 2.5 concentrations in Beijing fell from 89.5 to 58 µg/m3. The statistic revealed that the result had even exceeded the state target of 60 µg/m3. The level of PM 2.5 had also decreased by 25% in the entire region of Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin. Due to this, Beijing has been pegged by the UN Environment as a model for other cities to follow.
Beijing’s achievement was brought about by combined efforts, thorough measures and well-planned strategies. In an article by Michael Greenstone in the New York Times, it is said that the residents of Beijing would live an estimated 3.3 years longer due to air quality improvement.
With the upswing in environmental safety, Dragon CEO Paul Moynan says, "We firmly believe that China is a powerhouse not only in the blockchain and finance sector but also in solving environmental challenges. Dragon commends the efforts of Chinese businesses who have taken action to bring us the progress that we see today."
Chinese company Vanke is one of the many companies in China who have stepped up to advocate eco-friendly policies and practices. Last July 2019, the company launched the “Vanke Group Zero Waste Office Plan” to reduce 70% of waste generated. The company has been practising waste sorting since 2005.
Dragon is committed to providing innovative blockchain solutions to improve society and continue to research how the Dragon ecosystem can be used by businesses worldwide to join the global fight against pollution.
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