Recently, People’s Government of Jiangxi Province published the Emission Standard of VOCs, which is divided into six parts relating to printing industry, organic chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, plastic manufacturing industry, automotive industry and furniture manufacturing industry. The new standard will come into force on September 1st, 2019.
On May 24, 2019, China’s MEE introduced three national standards on emission of air pollutants which entered into force on July 1st, 2019 (CL News). The standard published by the Jiangxi Government is different from the Standard for Fugitive Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (GB 37822-2019) in many aspects and has been adapted to meet local environmental protection and economic needs.
Part 2 of Jiangxi’s VOC emission standard stipulates the emission limit of VOCs, production process and management requirements, and monitoring and supervision implementation requirements for organic chemical industries or production facilities. The organized and fugitive VOCs emission limits for existing and new facilities are specified in the standard. Existing facilities (refer to the enterprises or production facilities that have been established or gained approval for their environmental impact assessment documents before September 1st, 2019) can comply with the emission limit of VOCs starting from March 1, 2020, but new facilities (refer to the new, expanded and reconstructed enterprises or production facilities that will gain approval for their environmental impact assessment documents since September 1st, 2019) should comply with emission limits from September 1st, 2019.
As noted in the standard, it is incumbent on facilities to both make themselves aware of and comply with any other applicable emission limits in addition to the emission limits stipulated in this standard. This is important in situations where there are new or revised national or local standards implemented after this standard takes effect.