Six cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan, Langfang, Baoding and Cangzhou are set to build a unified system to forecast heavy smog and provide emergency response measures, Beijing Times reports on Wednesday.
The six cities have formed a core area for regional effort to tackle air pollution.
According to the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, Beijing and Tianjin will partner with four Heibei cities, to provide both financial and technology support to help tackle air pollution. Specifically, Beijing will work with its two neighbors, Langfang and Baoding, while Tianjin will cooperate with its neighboring cities of Tangshan and Cangzhou.
The plan on unifying forecasting and emergency response measures will draw on experience gained from air pollution control cooperation made during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings held in Beijing in November last year.
Chai Fahe, the vice-president of Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, said the six core cities need to join forces to unify their standards on air pollution forecasting and related response measures.
By cutting production of steel, coal and cement, the main factors that cause air pollution in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the general concentration of PM2.5 in the area was reduced by 14.6 percent in 2014.