Key points of the action plan

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Targets for 2017

• Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei province cluster: PM2.5 to drop by approximately 25 percent. Steel production capacity to fall by 120 million metric tons, based on 2012 levels. Coal consumption is also scheduled to decline by as much as 80 million tons, based on 2012 levels.

• Yangtze River Delta cluster: PM2.5 to fall by around 20 percent, based on 2012 levels.

• Pearl River Delta cluster: PM2.5 to fall by roughly 15 percent, based on 2012 levels.

The government will attempt to implement phase 5 of the fuel standard for both gasoline and diesel, which stipulates sulfur content below 10 micrograms per gram.

As many as 15 million heavy polluting motor vehicles will be removed from the roads

More than 60 percent of new or upgraded public buses in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou should use non-fossil fuel.

Coal consumption, as a proportion of the country's energy mix, will be reduced from the current level of 68 percent to 65 percent.

• Areas outside the three key regional clusters: PM10 to drop by 10 percent.

Targets for 2015

Construction of a further 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas pipeline transmission capacity.

The installed capacity of nuclear power stations will be increased to 50 million kilowatts.

Every county-level city will establish a PM2.5 monitoring station.

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