Special report: 2008 Olympic Games
BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Beijing is confident to
meet its air quality commitment by maintaining clean air during the upcoming
Olympics, the Olympics organizers said on Saturday.
Beijing has pledged three commitments in terms of the
air quality, namely, monitoring everyday the four major pollutants of sulfur
dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and inhalable particulates, striving
for improving air quality throughout the year, and maintaining good air quality
during Olympics, said Du Shaozhong, deputy director with the Beijing Municipal
Environmental Protection Bureau.
So far, the city has succeeded in realizing all of
its commitments, he added.
Beijing has established a complete monitoring system
with 27 branches in the city. Meanwhile, the four major pollutants have been
monitored everyday and the results were made public, Du said.
On improving air quality throughout the year, Du said
the number of clean air days increased from only 100 in 1998 to 246 last year.
Beijing has taken more than 200 measures since 1998
to improve the city's air quality, most of which will remain in force after the
Since winning the Olympic bid in 2001, Beijing has
strived to reduce the four pollutants by 60.8 percent, 39.4 percent, 10.8
percent and 17.8 percent, respectively.
To ensuring clean air for Olympics, Beijing
formulated a plan last October referring to 21 pollution control measures,
including pre-Games environmental measures and temporary emission reduction
measures during the Games, Du said.
In the first half of 2008, the major pollutants have
dropped by 20 percent and particulates reduced by 7 percent.
Beijing took 300,000 high-emission cars off its roads
since early July. From July 20, private cars have been stopped on alternate days
according to their odd or even number license plates in a bid to improve air
quality and ease traffic congestion. The vehicle restrictions have resulted in
20 percent drop of major air pollutants, according to Du.
July has witnessed 22 "blue sky" days, or days with
fairly good air quality, out of the first 25 days, Du said. The city had 145
"blue sky" days so far this year, 15 more than the same period last year.
Beijing is to conduct scientific, logical assessment
of the air quality during the Olympics, said a confident Du, adding all the
measures would definitely ensure satisfactory air quality during the Games.