Takehome: On 9 May 2018, Shanghai officially launched the 2nd national census of pollution sources. The city is divided into 5996 investigation sections and the door-to-door investigation will begin in the second half of 2018.
According to the national schedule, the task in the first half of 2018 is to finish a preliminary survey on the total pollution sources and accordingly determine a list for a later household survey. In the next half year, China aims to finish the household survey to obtain information about pollution emission. In 2019, the census results will be released after a collection and analysis of results from local governments.
Shou Ziqi, the director of Shanghai environmental protection bureau, says that the preparation work is running smoothly. In March, Shanghai checked 328 sections and 19077 enterprises.
In particular, Shanghai is also conducting exclusive research on nickel, antimony, antibiotics in water, noxious odors, and airborne particulates and VOCs. The research combines both requirements from the national census and Shanghai’s local practice.
In the following period, Shanghai will check residential boilers, sewage outlets to river/sea, and dry season supervision in May. By the end of June Shanghai will finish checking all industrial enterprises and units, large-scale livestock and poultry farms, centralized pollution control facilities, and vehicle maintenance enterprises, etc. In the next half of 2018, Shanghai will conduct its comprehensive household survey project.
China’s decennial census is based on Regulation on National Census of Pollution Sources. During the census, major pollution sources will be archived as part of the evidence so that policy makers can monitor and improve the environment accordingly. The results of the first national census were published in 2010, collecting 1.1 billion items of basic data.
Click here to see Chemlinked previous report on the census.