Beijing set to hit coal-to-gas switching targets

By Tang Tian 9 May 2017
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A coal-fired power plant near Beijing in 2014. The city is set to replace coal power with gas. (PA) A coal-fired power plant near Beijing in 2014. The city is set to replace coal power with gas. (PA)

Beijing is on course to meet ambitious goals for coal-to-gas (CTG) switching, as the capital of China and other key polluted regions enter the final year of a five-year action plan to improve air quality.

Beijing’s municipal government has set a coal consumption cap of 7 mt for 2017 – down from 13 mt in 2012 – after the city met its original target of 10 mt by 2017 a year early. The objective was first listed in the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Action Plan for 2013-2017, released by the State Council in September 2013.

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