China Pushes the Use of Clean Coal in Hopes to Curb Air Pollution
Chen Jining, China’s environmental protection minister said that the country is now promoting the clean use of coal in hopes to curb air pollution. The air quality in China is mainly caused by the energy structure, specifically coal consumption. China attaches great importance in adjusting the energy structure and is part of one of the tasks in the drafting of the 13th five year plan.
The country is promoting the use of clean coal which is now being boosted by low emission facilities for coal fired power plants that rival gas powered or fired plants. Considered a revolutionary effort that will overturn conventional wisdom that coal is not clean and will positively help efforts in curbing smog. China is also cutting down emissions form household bulk coal, as emission from one ton of coal is already equivalent to five or ten tons of coal that is used on power plants. Since living standard is rising, so is the bulk coal consumption increases as well.
Emissions coming from bulk coal contribute to the heavy smog last year, and the government is now looking for ways in curbing them. Experts are saying that there will be a long period of adjusting to the energy consumption structure wherein they are prompting the use of clean energy, strengthen adjustments to energy consumption and to further promoted the use of clean coal.