Industrial What does air pollution tell us about industrial production in China?

The Air Quality Index can be used to gauge industrial production around the world, particularly in times of major disruption. A decline in industrial production could lead to an increase in air quality and thus a decline in AQI.

15 May 2020
  • Air pollution in major Chinese provinces has generally been falling since early January.
  • There has been a steep fall since mid-April, especially in Beijing and Guangzhou.

Average AQI in China by Region

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, World Air Quality Index