Beijing shuts coal-fired boilers for clearn air

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Beijing has pledged to shut most coal-fired boilers in the city's central areas by the end of 2015 amidst its efforts to reduce fine particle pollution, especially during the heating season.

The capital city, which cut coal use by 700,000 tons last year, will use no more than 21.5 million tons this year by reducing another 1.4 million tons, according to the 2013 coal consumption reduction plan released by the municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and Commission of Development and Reform.

The figure represents a reduction of nearly 5 million tons in coal use, compared to 26.35 million tons in 2010.

The city will replace coal-fired boilers within the Fourth Ring Road with clean energy by the end of 2013. All coal-fired boilers with a capacity of generating 20 tons of steam per hour and above in the six districts, namely, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan, will be replaced with clean energy by the end of 2015.


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