China bans new coal-fired plants in 3 regions to combat air pollution
BEIJING (AP) - China announced on Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country's notorious air pollution.
The action plan from the State Council, or China's Cabinet, also aims to cut the country's percentage of total primary energy use stemming from coal to below 65 per cent by 2017. The US government estimates that China currently gets about 70 per cent of its energy from coal.
New coal-fired power plants will be banned for new projects in the region surrounding Beijing, in the Yangtze Delta region near Shanghai and in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong province, the State Council said.
The government has come under increasing pressure from its growing middle class to clean up the country's air pollution, much of which comes from the burning of coal.