Major developments in China’s national air pollution policies in the early 12th Five‐Year Plan

This report reviews recent developments in China’s formal national air pollution policies from late 2011 to late 2013. It also reviews the related legal framework and administrative structure of implementation of air pollution prevention and control measures in China, to illustrate the context and legal significance of these trends. The complexity of this structure contributes to difficulties in implementation. This report shows that China’s air pollution policies are made up of a range of different types of policy measures including laws, standards, regulations, action plans, and others. Moreover, air pollution is addressed in a broad range of policy areas including overall energy policy, energy conservation, industrial policy, and technology promotion.