Bei­jing plans to end coal use in most ru­ral ar­eas

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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