Northern China's Hebei province has already met this year's industrial capacity reduction target, cutting over 46.2 million tonnes of iron and steel capacity, 10.5 million tonnes of coal and 8.08 million tonnes of coke capacity, Xinhua reported.
"Reducing capacity is fundamental to supply-side structural reform and a way to curb air pollution," Li Qian, vice-governor of Hebei, told a provincial political advisors meeting.
A total of 69,000 companies which were not properly licensed or failed to meet emission standards have been closed this year, he said.
In order to combat winter smog, Shijiazhuang, Tangshan and Handan will halve their steel production. Production of coke and casting industries will also be limited, he said.
From January to October this year, PM2.5 density in Hebei rose by 8.5% year on year.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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