Beijing to reduce 2018 coal use to below 4.2 million tons

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Beijing's coal consumption totaled 4.85million tons in 2017, and the city aims to reduce it to less than 4.2 million tons this year, said the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management on June 5. 

The city announced it has reached its goal of "no coal" in the six downtown districts and four southern districts, and that its "main battlefields" for coal consumption reduction will shift from the urban to the rural areas, and from the plains to the mountainous areas. Beijing's focus will also turn from the transformation of coal-fired facilities to the assurance of clean energy operations.

According to Shen Jingyun, division head of energy operations management at the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management, the plan to reduce 650,000 tons of coal combustion will mainly be carried out in three aspects. First, replacing coal with clean energy sources for centralized heating boilers will cut 250,000 tons. Second, the transformation of the heating source to clean energy in rural areas—namely Yanqing, Pinggu and Miyun districts—will result in the reduction of 300,000 tons. Third, the closure of some coal-fired power plants will contribute to the reduction of 100,000 tons. 

To reach these goals, all districts and relevant divisions will designate an official in charge of the reduction efforts and report the progress on a monthly basis. At the same time, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs has issued a plan to coordinate the management of civilian coal burning, and eliminate the use of low-quality coal. All rural district governments are required to formulate their work plans for the reduction of coal combustion facilities and the construction of clean energy facilities. 

Beijing plans to release three policies and measures related to the reduction of coal combustion facilities and the construction for clean energy facilities. In particular, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs will cooperate with other departments, such as the Bureau of Finance, the Development and Reform Commission, to work out a policy on the use of clean energy for heating in winter seasons in villages of the low-altitude mountain areas and start the pilot project in several places. The Municipal Commission of City Management will establish specific local requirements for the construction of natural gas pipelines for rural residents. Government divisions including the Municipal Commission of City Management, the Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision, and the Municipal Administration of Work Safety will jointly formulate acceptance criteria for liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas fueling, and vaporizing stations to ensure that the operation of facilities is on schedule.

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