August 25, 2014

Beijing cuts coal consumption 7%

Beijing cut coal consumption seven per cent in the first half of this year as the Chinese capital battles the smog that has besieged it over recent years.
By 2017, it aims to pare consumption to less than 10 million tonnes a year compared to the 19 tonnes consumed last year and reports last week suggested coal could be ditched entirely by 2020.
Public unrest over Beijing's toxic air led the central government to declare a nationwide "war on pollution", which has seen city authorities close or relocate hundreds of factories, replace aging coal-fired plants with gas-fired plants and renewable energy, raise vehicle emissions standards, and introduce London-style congestion charges. [Business Green

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