Government-initiated reforms have halted a total of 11.56 million tonnes per year of aluminium capacity in China
, including 5.37 million tpy of illegal capacity and 6.19 million tpy of non-compliant aluminium capacity, Wen Xianjun told delegates at the conference. The reforms are believed to be the strictest in history, he added.
At the beginning of this year, the Chinese environmental authority said it will cut 30% of operational aluminium smelting and alumina refining capacity in two municipalities and 26 cities in Shandong, Henan, Shanxi and Hebei provinces in the winter of 2017. The winter capacity cuts started officially on November 15 and are expected to end on March 15, 2018.