China’s government decided to control air pollution by limiting coal use and taking high-pollution vehicles off of the roads. This seems to be a pretty ambitious act, seeing as China has quite a big population. It makes sense that the government would want to act on this problem. Some of China’s biggest cities are covered in layers of smog and polluted air that can understandably make walking around outside a bit of a negative aspect of life for these people. The article stated that in Beijing, the pollution in the air was over 40 times the exposure limit based on what the World Health Organization sets as the standards. 40 times the exposure limit is no small matter. It’s not like it was 1 or 2 times over the limit, but it sprinted past that line without looking back.
There are two different sides that people are taking in China. Some are saying that the legislation won’t be/isn’t enough. Others are praising the government for realizing the dangers and the importance of having less polluted air. I think that it all depends on how the act is enforced. It could really be a great turning point for the country, seeing as it has some of the worst air pollution in the world. It is going to be difficult to enforce, especially at first because of the mass amount of damage that is already done.
This is important to many businesses in China. Legislation is a huge external factor that affects the many strategies of the business. This new legislation about pollution will make businesses rethink and change the way they do their business. It will cost them more money, time, and labor to make the conditions suitable for the law. These businesses are more about the bottom-line than sustaining their environment; but the new law will make that way of thinking change. It will be interesting to see how Chinese business reacts and does in the next couple of years with the new law, assuming of course that it is enforced properly.