New Measure Released to Handle Pollution Problem
A new comprehensive measure was released to handle the air pollution problem in China. The mew measures included plans to slash coal consumption and to close down polluting factories, mills and smelters. The country has been under pressure to control the causes of air pollution after a thick and hazardous smog covered much of the industrial north side including Beijing. The new measures also included the promise to improve the use of nuclear power and natural gases, while big cities such as shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou are asked to restrict the number of vehicles on the roads.
Three fourth of the country is using coal as the sour of their electric needs, and it’s also identified as the major area that the country needs to tackle. If goes as planned China can cut down the total consumption of their fossil fuel by 65 percent by 2017 under the new measure which is down by 66.8 percent compared to last year.
Several green groups are expecting that the plans will include detailed regional coal consumption cuts, but it seems that the cuts are left to the provinces to settle it themselves. Hebei Province is China’s largest steel producer and has recently announced their plans in salshing coal use by 40 million tons.
To attain these goals, China will raise installed nuclear capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2017 which up from 12.5 gigawatts and slightly accelerated to a previous target of 58 gigawatts. The plans also included the addition of 150 billion cubic meter of natural gas pipelines transmission capacity.