SHANGHAI, 9 December 2015 (RISI) - Some paper and board (P&B) mills around Beijing, China are cutting production to combat heavy smog.
The local government in Mancheng County, Hebei province has mandated the stoppage of small, polluting coal boilers.
The county, under the administration of Baoding city, is near the Chinese capital.
It has long been home to many small tissue mills, which have a combined capacity of around 1.2 million tonnes/yr.
Media reported that many tissue mills with small coal boilers stopped production last week.
In Tianjin municipality, neighboring Beijing, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) also curtailed production this week at its mill there.
Contacts said that PMs at the plant shut alternately earlier this week.
The mill houses five big board PMs with a combined capacity of around 2.15 million tonnes/yr.
Highest-level air pollution alert: The city of Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on December 7 because of a wave of serious air pollution threatening the capital and several other cities nearby, such as Tianjin and Baoding.
The highest-level air pollution alert will last from 7:00 am on December 8 to 12:00 pm on December 9 (local time). It imposes the toughest available restrictions on activities that may contribute to the smog worsening.
Under the red alert, vehicles are only allowed on the roads based on odd or even license plate numbers, which means that around half of the city’s cars are banned a day.
Many plants around Beijing were also ordered to cut production to reduce emissions.
Meanwhile, public education institutions from kindergartens to high schools have been closed.
What’s more, local media reported that more extreme smog may be on the way, which could affect Beijing from December 14 to 16.
Ensure air quality: Industrial production cuts have proved to be effective in improving air quality in China especially around big events.
Market contacts reported that production is down near Jiaxing city, Zhejiang province, due to the upcoming Second World Internet Conference, which will be held from December 16 to 18 there.
Jian Paper and Zhejiang Jingxing Paper, two major recycled containerboard producers in Jiaxing, have a combined capacity of around 3 million tonnes/yr of recycled board.
In November, mills in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province were also asked to curtail output to improve air quality because of an important international conference.
Around Beijing, P&B mills stopped production around a big military parade held on September 3.
Last year, mills there also took downtime during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.