Household coal burning to be cut
Tianjin said on Wednesday that it plans to cut back on the household burning of coal by the end of 2018 to reduce air pollution. A total of 1.21 million households in Tianjin, which borders Beijing, will switch from coalfired heating sources to gas and electric sources by the end of next year, said Wen Wurui, director of the Tianjin municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. Wen said 610,000 households will switch to clean energy by the end of this year, and the rest will shift next year. Coal burning contributes up to 25 percent of the PM2.5 — airborne particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter — in the city, Wen said.