Subsidies unveiled to further cut emissions

From: Shenzhen Daily | Updated: 2018-12-26

The city will offer appropriate amounts of subsidies to enterprises that adopt green technologies for power generation, eliminate boilers, reduce the use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and utilize e-fork trucks, the latest government gazette showed.

The move is to further improve air quality in the city by reducing emissions.

According to the subsidy plan (2018-2020), eligible enterprises must have initiated technological upgrading after Jan. 1, 2017, and finished by deadlines set by the government.

The application deadline for the subsidies is Sept. 30, 2020.

The subsidies for power plants that use coal will be calculated at 50 percent of the cost of the technological upgrading.

The subsidies for the renovation of boilers will be calculated at 55,000 yuan (US$8,019) per ton. Those enterprises replacing diesel with LNG will be given 30,000-yuan in subsidies for every steam ton.

Printing enterprises can apply for subsidies if they use water-solvent, alcohol-based or soy printing ink in production lines. The subsidies will be 40 percent of the cost of renovation. Recently registered e-powered forklifts will qualify for an 800-yuan subsidy for every kwh based on the battery capacity after Jan. 1, 2018. The ceiling is 40,000 yuan per forklift.

According to the latest statistics, the city’s average PM2.5 concentration in November stood at 30.5 micrograms per cubic meters.

Among the 74 subdistricts across the city, Lianhua Subdistrict ranks first with the lowest reading at 22.2 micrograms per cubic meter, sources from the city’s environment administration said. The other four top-five subdistricts are in Yantian and Dapeng. Xinqiao Subdistrict in Bao’an District is at the bottom with a concentration of 51.7 micrograms per cubic meter. The other nine lowest-ranked subdistricts are in Bao’an and Guangming districts.