Bei­jing to ban coal by 2020 to curb pol­lu­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Bei­jing plan to set up a “for­bid­den zone” for the use of high­pol­lu­tion fu­els, a first-of-its-kind ef­fort to im­prove air qual­ity in the cap­i­tal.

The city will ban the use of coal and re­lated prod­ucts, clos­ing coal-fired power plants and other fa­cil­i­ties in its six main dis­tricts and neigh­bor­ing re­gions, by the end of 2020. Other high-pol­lu­tion fu­els, such as fuel oil, pe­tro­leum coke, com­bustible waste, and some biomass fuel will also be banned.

Clean en­ergy al­ter­na­tives like elec­tric­ity and nat­u­ral gas for heat­ing, cook­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties will be pro­moted in­stead.

The move is a part of the cap­i­tal’s plan to op­ti­mize en­ergy use and im­prove air qual­ity. (Photo 1)

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