Lo­cal govts to set coal re­duc­tion goals by June

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The gov­ern­ment has asked four re­gions in­clud­ing Shang­hai and Guang­dong to set tar­gets for re­duc­ing coal use by the end of June as part of China’s ef­forts to curb pol­lu­tion. Shang­hai and the prov­inces of Guang­dong, Jiangsu and Zhe­jiang are among the “key re­gions” where the na­tion is seek­ing to cut coal con­sump­tion and in­stead use al­ter­na­tive en­er­gies or nat­u­ral gas, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion. By 2017, China plans to re­duce coal use in Beijing by 13 mil­lion metric tons, the NDRC said. Re­duc­tion mea­sures in­clude pro­mot­ing en­ergy-sav­ing projects and elim­i­nat­ing out­dated ca­pac­i­ties.

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