Beijing: Beijing’s neighbouring Hebei province will significantly reduce its use of coal for heating this year to improve air quality, according to the authorities.
By the end of this year, 90% of coal used in the province’s rural areas will be replaced by clean energy, and environmentally friendly heat generation methods will be employed, said Guo Dajian, secretary-general of the Hebei Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the province’s top political advisory body.
He made the remarks on Thursday at a news conference to announce the committee members’ No. 1 proposal for this year, which was themed “Promoting Clean Energy Heating to Improve Air Quality”, marking the sixth consecutive year that the committee has made the environment its top priority.
Hebei is known for having poor air quality and frequently experiences heavy smog during the winter heating season.
During the heating season, household coal-burning is the main reason for heavy pollution in Hebei and neighbouring Beijing and Tianjin, said Wang Xiaoli, director of Hebei Environmental Protection Bureau’s Weather Emergency and Warning Centre.
The amount of coal used for heating in Hebei’s rural areas – where primitive boilers using poor-quality coal emit large amounts of pollutants – topped 30 million tonnes in 2015, accounting for more than a half of the province’s total coal use for heating, according to Guo. — China Daily/Asia News Network
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