Coal city Da­tong vows ‘no-coal zones’

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE -

Da­tong, a ma­jor coal-pro­duc­ing city in North­ern China’s Shanxi prov­ince, will es­tab­lish “no-coal zones” in ur­ban dis­tricts as part of its ef­forts to curb pol­lu­tion, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment said on Thurs­day.

The Shanxi gov­ern­ment said the re­stric­tions would cover 102 square kilo­me­ters and would in­clude bans on the stor­age, sale and di­rect com­bus­tion of all kinds of coal. Coal-fired power and cen­tral heat­ing sys­tems will still be per­mit­ted.

It said 16,200 house­holds in Da­tong would switch to cleaner gas heat­ing this win­ter and that it had al­ready de­mol­ished 3,812 coal-fired boil­ers.

Da­tong was one of China’s ma­jor coal pro­duc­ing re­gions for decades, but many of its col­lieries are now de­pleted. The city was also ranked as one of the coun­try’s worst per­form­ers when it came to meeting wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards in the firsthalf of this year.

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