House­hold coal burn­ing to be cut

China Daily (Canada) - - ANALYSIS -

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.

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