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Experience of Developed Countries in Treating Air Pollution


By Liu Feng, Huang Bin, Liu Rufei, Institute of Public Administration and Human Resources, the DRC

Research Report No 60, 2013


The recent wide range of haze in China has grabbed extensive attention. Western developed countries reported major air pollution events and have received positive results after half a century of air pollution control.

They promoted environmental legislation and clarified major pollution targets, standards and measures. They also controlled industrial pollution and promoted transformation of the industry and energy structure. They advocated low carbon lifestyles by strengthening city and traffic emissions management, promoted information disclosure and judicial litigation, and encouraged the public to participate in pollution control.

China is advised to make a top-level plan for air pollution treatment; perfect the legal system to clarify air-quality standards and social responsibilities of all parties; establish an air governance model featuring information transparency, public participation and social supervision; improve energy quality; promote transformation of the industrial structure; speed up the development and application of new technologies; and promote a low carbon life through urban planning and management.