Addressing Beijing Air Pollution

Date: May 2013
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: Observations and Suggestions


Recent episodes of severe air pollution in Beijing in the form of winter smog have led to heightened concerns over the implications for public health and environmental sustainability. Severe episodes arise when there is an interaction between air pollutants and weather conditions in the form of smog.

This policy note identifies measures to curtail air pollution in Beijing. Policy recommendations are grouped into two categories. First, short-term actions to prevent further air pollution episodes that threaten human health. Second, longer-term measures, including suitable investments and policy changes, to ensure air quality on a sustainable basis.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Main Issues
  • Policy Recommendations