China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) has been busy finalizing the winter restriction plan, and it just finished collecting the feedback by October 14 regarding its proposed measures at the Yangtze River Delta including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui, all in East China, or just two weeks after the feedback collection for the proposal on another seven provinces.
Despite a pandemic-hit 2020, steel mills in Tangshan city, the core steel producing site in North China’s Hebei province, will still be imposed on restrictive measures on their operations over the winter period of October-March 31 whenever necessary, a practice that the local government has adopted since 2017 to control local pollution.
In late September, China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the global community by announcing a hugely ambitious plan to make the country carbon-neutral by 2060. In the three weeks since, I have received a growing number of inquiries from steel industry insiders wondering how the Chinese steel industry will adjust to the low-carbon era.
China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) has requested seven provinces and 10 state-owned energy companies to submit their feedback regarding the ministry’s proposals on winter restriction plans for the upcoming winter by September 30, according to its post on the website on September 28.
Chinese steel mills, traders and end-users have been active in replenishment ahead of China’s upcoming National Day holiday, fearing that trading or transportation might slow down or be halted completely during the long holiday over October 1-8, Mysteel Global has learned from domestic industry sources.
Over the period spanning January 2018 through to last July, North China’s Hebei province, the country’s top steel producing province, had removed a total of 47.6 million tonnes/year of iron and steel capacity, according to a post from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on August 19. This means the provincial government achieved its goal of cutting 40 million t/y by 2020 some five months in advance, Mysteel Global notes.
In its latest draft for China’s coal industry development strategy, the China National Coal Association (CNCA) proposes to limit the country’s total coal consumption within 4.2 billion tonnes by 2025 on the assumption that coal will remain China’s core energy generation source, while the proportion of clean energy will incline further in the coming years.
Quality development is the mission for the Chinese steel industry even though there are many difficulties to conquer along the way, Shen Bin, chairman of China’s chairman of CISA China Iron and Steel Association (CISA), reiterated at CISA’s latest council meeting held on July 31 in Zhangjiagang, East China's Jiangsu province.
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Despite a formal government notice circulated in the market on May 30, none of the 21 steel mills in Tangshan of North China’s Hebei province have been carrying out a range of 20%-50% cuts on their sintering, pelletizing and blast furnace capacities as speculated by June 2, local industry sources confirmed.