Burn more low-qual­ity coal, power plants urged

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

weren’t con­vinced.

Wang Yuesi, a re­searcher at the In­sti­tute of At­mo­spheric Physics un­der the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, said he does not think such a move will ease air pol­lu­tion.

“In­stead of leav­ing the good-qual­ity coal to the small and medium-sized en­ter­prises and con­sum­ing brown coal them­selves, it seems a bet­ter idea for the large State-owned power plants to of­fer tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port to help those small com­pa­nies re­duce their emis­sions,” Wang said.

He said the prob­lem does not lie in the amount or type of coal be­ing burned, but in weak en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion en­force­ment, which, in his view, should be much tougher than for­eign coun­tries’ stan­dards, given China’s sit­u­a­tion.

The study said China’s power sec­tor has in­creased ef­forts to cut pol­lu­tants and carbon emis­sions in re­cent years.

With an in­crease of more than 7 per­cent in the over­all in­stalled ca­pac­ity com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, to­tal sul­fur diox­ide emis­sions were re­duced by 3.3 per­cent, it said. But sul­fur diox­ide emis­sions from this sec­tor still ac­counted for al­most 42 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal emis­sions in 2012.

“The ef­fect of emis­sions from the power in­dus­try on air qual­ity is still rel­a­tively large, but it is grad­u­ally be­ing re­duced on a yearly ba­sis,” said Dan J. Dudek, vice-pres­i­dent of the China of­fice at the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund. Con­tact the writ­ers at wuwen­cong@chi­nadaily.com.cn and du­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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