13th Five-Year Plan to cut emis­sions

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China an­nounced a five-year plan with a huge in­vest­ment in clean and re­new­able en­ergy, aim­ing for a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in pol­lu­tants re­leased into the air.

The in­vest­ment could amount to $360 bil­lion (2.5 tril­lion yuan) and cre­ate more than 13 mil­lion jobs, ac­cord­ing to the 13th FiveYear Plan (2016-20).

The coun­try has set an an­nual tar­get of clean and re­new­able en­ergy con­sump­tion that is equiv­a­lent of 580 mil­lion met­ric tons of coal, the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NEA) said. It will help re­duce emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide by 1.4 bil­lion tons, sul­fur diox­ide by 10 mil­lion tons, ni­tric ox­ide by 4.3 mil­lion tons and dust by 5.8 mil­lion tons. Coal burn­ing is a main cause of smog in north­ern re­gions.

In­stalled re­new­able power ca­pac­ity cov­er­ing wind, so­lar, hy­dro and nu­clear power will ac­count for 50 per­cent of new elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity by 2020, the NEA said.

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