China is trying a new strategy to deal with companies that violate pollution rules and intends to use their data against them. China reported on March 1st that it had launched a platform that would allow the public and authorities to examine emission levels in real time to determine whether factories and institutions violated pollution regulations, Reuters reported.
Companies will need to store at least five years of data
Under norma conditions, Chinese companies must obtain official permission to spray contaminants into the atmosphere. However, authorities had problems with the issue because they had previously failed to gather the necessary information and often companies falsified data or delayed requests for information.
At the same time, as a result of this problem, those who broke the ban were fined daily and those who intentionally escaped supervision were arrested.
Under the new system, however, companies would have to install monitoring equipment and store at least five years of data. Companies that fail to comply will have to pay fines of about $31,000, while pollution offenders will be fined up to about $154,600.
This study is thought to be a dramatic move that will not go anywhere else, especially in countries where public sharing of factory data can be considered a competitive disadvantage.
Finally, thanks to this data, it is stated that China can help it better control malicious pollutants and reduce its contributions to smme and climate change.