Blue Skies of Shenzhen Meet EU Air Quality Standards

By Rakini Bergundy, June 18, 2020

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Have you noticed the beautiful blue skies lately? Many have even coined the shade, ‘Shenzhen Blue.’ 

According to the Shenzhen Municipal Ecology Environment Bureau, Shenzhen’s air quality this year has consistently met European Union (EU) standards, Shenzhen Daily reports. Out of 168 cities surveyed across China, Shenzhen ranked fourth, right behind Haikou, Lhasa and Zhuhai for ambient air quality. From January to May, Shenzhen’s PM2.5 concentration was 21 micrograms per cubic meter, 2 micrograms per cubic meter less than the same period last year. The EU’s standard of annual average PM2.5 concentration is 25 micrograms per cubic meter. To bring this into perspective, in 2018 Shenzhen announced it had the cleanest air in 15 years at an average of 26 micrograms per cubic meter

Enjoy some snaps from recent days below: 

Image via @fiona.jia/Instagram

Image via @xiahouwenjuan/Instagram

Image via @inrayliao/Instagram

Image via @tomtan0729/Instagram

Shenzhen has continuously worked to improve its air quality since 2004. The municipal government developed a comprehensive plan which included the banning of fossil fuels, outdoor barbecue, eliminating dependence on industrial coal and converting all buses and taxis to electric vehicles. Hopefully this will be the new normal for the rest of the year and going forward in the future. 

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