Beijing plans to end coal use in most rural areas
The central government has declared that by 2020 it will wipe out coal use in its most rural areas to cut air pollution.
Beijing will replace coal-fired heating stoves with those powered by electricity or gas in 400 villages in northern China this year, before taking the campaign to other districts by 2017, said Guo Zihua, a municipal rural development official.
The capital and other places in northern China experienced several smog alerts in November and December, when peak readings were many times higher than the national safety level. As much as “60 percent of smog content is caused by coal burning in the starting phase of each smog”, said an official with Beijing’s Environmental Protection Bureau.