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Beijing 2008: Environmental Measures for the Olympics

Below are some of the environmental initiatives of Beijing that are related to the 2008 Olympic Games.

Air Quality Improvement

Beijing Green Olympic Plan
20 large projects in 3 years with 12.2 billion RMB investment, including green planting, moving high polluting enterprises out, garbage treatment, etc.

Source (in Chinese):

Environment Plan before the Olympics

Key treatment projects, measures and policies. Push energy structure adjustment and the use of sustainable and clean fuels forward. Install desulphurization and dust elimination facilities to boilers. Other efforts are on vehicle pollution, floating dust and industrial pollution control.
99.9% of the power generation units should be installed with desulphurization facilities before Olympics

Source (in Chinese):

Comprehensive strategy to guarantee cleaner air during Olympics in Beijing 2007

Measures include strict controls on car emissions, dust and dirt, energy consumption and industrial emissions.
Work on all construction sites would be temporarily halted leading up to the Olympics to reduce dust and dirt particles in the air during the Games.
Production will either be reduced or suspended at steel-iron factories, chemical plants construction materials plants. Coal-powered plants will have to cease operations totally.
The city's estimated 3.5 million vehicles (including official business vehicles) will be restricted from driving on the city's roads on certain days.
Establish Air Quality Guarantee Coordination Group for Olympics, including relevant departments from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Hebei, Inner Mongolia.

Source (in Chinese):


Olympic Transportation Strategic Plan in Beijing

  • Promote public transport, through economic incentives and awareness raising
  • Implement clean fuel adoption
  • Transportation arrangement during Olympics


Transportation Restriction

  • Ban parking at the venues of the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Higher downtown parking fees 2007, Motorists will have to pay five yuan (0.6 U.S. dollar) per hour instead of two yuan (0.25 U.S. dollar) for parking spaces that are close to downtown commercial areas
  • Implementation of a transportation ban based on vehicle plate, according to even and odd numbers during Olympics
  • Good-Luck Beijing Olympic Test Transportation Restriction. 3 million vehicles off the road


Public Transport

  • Olympics to use 50 Li-ion battery powered buses, running a total distance of 10.4 kilometers for athletes and officials
  • Upgrading of subways
  • Subsidies provided to phase excessive polluting vehicles



Sandstorm Control
Beijing is to invest 100 million yuan (US$13.2 million) in tree-planting to prevent sandstorms.


Forest Parks
To improve air quality and attract tourists during the 2008 summer Olympics, Beijing has approved a national forest park, bringing the total number to 15, the municipal forestry authorities said Thursday. The forest park, called Labagou, boasts of rich plant and animal species and is of great importance in protecting the environment protection of the 2008 Olympics host city, said the municipal forestry department.


Beijing 2008


AQ Actions by Olympic Cities
- Overview of Actions
- Beijing
- Hong Kong
- Qinhuangdao
- Qingdao
- Shanghai
- Shenyang
- Tianjin
Air Quality in Olympic Cities
- Annual Pollutant Concentration
- Air Pollution Index (API)
- Calculated PM10 Analysis
- Olympic AQ Charts and Datasets
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