The air quality can be described in China as seriously polluted, especially in the north-eastern part of China. The number of serious pollution days (AQI> 200) amounted to 264 in Shijizhuang in 2015, due to the many coal-fired power plants and heavy industry in the region. Feeling the need for a more sustainable growth, Hebei has ambitious plans in the area of renewable energy such as wind, nuclear, solar, and gas.
The provincial government of Hebei has a budget of RMB 240 billion (about € 32.3 billion) over the next five years to improve water quality in areas such as industrial, urban and agricultural waste water treatment, quality of seawater in coastal areas, protection of water reservoirs and natural springs.
Urbanization is one of the most dramatic changes in Chinese society, also in Hebei. Because of the speed of the expansion of cities, industrial sites that used to be located far from the city center suddenly lie within urbanized area. At a certain moment, these industrial sites need to be relocated to make way for living functions, but the ground and soil needs to be cleaned first.
Zuid-Holland offers a platform to organizations in the field of air quality, such as TNO, ECN and Wuvio to present themselves to the Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) of Hebei. This resulted in a project for ECN to use their AirBox for monitoring air quality and identify pollution sources in Shijiazhuang.
Zuid-Holland also promotes the Dutch way of soil remediation by providing a platform to companies like Deltares and Verhoeve MW. A consortium of companies in soil remediation made a proposition for the Chinese market and Zuid-Holland is actively promoting and supporting them in their endeavours