Beijing is to ban the sale and use of coal in several regions including its six main districts by 2020 cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce air pollution, according to an announcement by local authorities on Monday.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau detailed how the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan will stop using coal and will close coal power facilities.
The bureau is aiming for clean energy to replace coal to power heating, cooking and a variety of other activities.
The move is a part of the capital’s plan to optimise energy structure and improve air quality.
Vehicles, coal burning, industrial production and dust account for 85.9 per cent of Beijing’s particulate matter (PM) 2.5 respectively and are the primary cause for Beijing’s smog.
Coal accounted for 25.4 per cent of the capital’s energy consumption in 2012, according to official statistics and authorities are aiming to reduce the figure to less than 10 per cent by 2017.
The Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area will take the lead in giving up using high-pollution fuels by the end of this year with other areas following the capitals lead.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>