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Beijing bans winter construction work to tackle pollution

A ban on construction work in Beijing during the winter is being enforced in a bid to tackle the city’s pollution problems, official media has said.

Construction work on major road and water projects and house demolitions will be banned from 15 November for four months in the Chinese capital, according to official state media Xinhua Net. 

The city is aiming to cut airborne particles, known as PM2.5, by more than a quarter from their 2012 levels and bring average concentrations down to 60 micrograms per cubic meter. 

The municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development said major projects will need to be authorised if construction work cannot stop during this period.

It also said there will be strict punishments if construction work is not halted and that supervision will be strengthened.

China is currently in its fourth year of a “war on pollution” to tackle poor air quality.

In the UK two years ago, then mayor of London Boris Johnson enforced tougher rules on construction site equipment in the capital to tackle pollution.

Machinery such as diggers and bulldozers more than 10 years old were required to be replaced to comply with tougher emission standards.

These standards applied to equipment used on central London sites and schemes more than 1,000 sq ft in Greater London.

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