In general, the condition of environment quality was good. The average content of the four pollutants in the air reached Class ó˛ of National Ambient Air Quality Standards and there were 353 days with air pollution index (API) over Class ó˛ (Good), including 108 excellent days with Classó˝ (Superior). The water quality of offshore marine space maintained stable overall. The annual average content of monitoring indicators for water quality met Class-II of the national seawater quality standard, except Inorganic Nitrogen in Dalian Bay and southern coast. The water quality of drinking water sources maintained good and complied with Class-III of Environmental Quality Standards for Surface Water. The urban traffic noise was in line with the national regulations and standards. Dalian won 6th Kitakyushu Environment Award.
[Management of Construction Projects]:
All year around, 5,313 construction projects were approved, with a total investment of 84.25 billion yuan, including the environmental protection investment of 211 million yuan, accounting for 2.5 percent of total investment; and 2870 projects were completed and inspected. The environmental evaluation of Dalian urban general planning and of the Five Points and One Line coastal economic zone planning was launched. The environmental evaluation of special planning of citywide thermoelectricity and energy was censored.
[Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution]:
Three sewage treatment plants were put into use, including Malanhe Sewage Treatment Plants Phase II, with an annual reduction of 2,482 tons of COD. Desulphurization projects of generating unit óˇ and ó˘were put into operation at Dalian Electric Power Plant of Huaneng Power International, INC, with an annual reduction of 946.8 tons of sulfur dioxide. Relocation and technical reform of Dahua Group helped reduce 3,154 tons of COD. 36 small paper mills were shut down and demolished and 15 paper mills with the output of over 10 thousand tons suspended operation to renovate, with an annual reduction of 239 tons in sulfur dioxide and 240 tons of COD. 2756 pollution discharge certificates were granted. All over Dalian, medical waste were collected and safe disposed. Public electronic waste disposal system was established. 82 thousand tons of hazardous waste was transferred at 13 thousand times. More than 120 thousand vehicles received the annual exhaust inspection and nearly 20 thousand vehicles were under random inspection. And nearly 2 thousand vehicles with excessive vehicle exhaust emissions were punished.
[Comprehensive Control of Urban Environment]:
project of boiler removal and grid connection in 17 regions was completed in Dalian, with 155 boilers and 110 chimneys removed; and an area of 2.8 million square meters was completed with grid combination for heat supply, with 31 thousand tons of fuel coal cut down and 377.4 tons of dust, 352 tons of sulfur dioxide and 294.1 tons of nitrogen oxide reduced.
[Natural Ecological Protection]:
The eco-city construction project was officially launched. All over Dalian, 62 enterprises which influenced the water source security were shut down or improved within the prescribed time limit.
[Urban Gardening and Greening]:
750 thousand trees were planted in urban areas, with an increase of 1.75 million square meters in public green space, the per capita public green space amounting to 11.6 square meters and the urban green coverage rate amounting to 44 percent.