Date
21 July 2017
Coal-fired power plants have been a major source of air pollution in China. Photo: Bloomberg
Coal-fired power plants have been a major source of air pollution in China. Photo: Bloomberg

China aims to cut power sector emissions by 60% by 2020

China will reduce emissions of major pollutants in the power sector by 60 percent by 2020, the State Council pledged on Wednesday.

The country also plans to cut annual carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power generation by 180 million tons by the end of this decade, state media reported. 

The announcement came as Beijing city suffered choking pollution this week, triggering an “orange” alert, the second-highest level, Reuters noted.

Reducing coal use and promoting cleaner forms of energy are set to play a crucial role in China’s pledges to bring its climate warming greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by around 2030.

Researchers at government-backed think-tanks said last month that coal consumption by power stations in China would probably peak by 2020.

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