Energy chief moves to smother coal-fired power plants

12:12, July 04, 2010      

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China's large cities should no longer construct coal-fired power plants, but give priority to the development of low-carbon energy, said Zhang Guobao, director of the National Energy Administration, at a forum of the Shanghai World Expo on Saturday.

"I have suggested the demolition or relocation of four coal-fired power plants in Beijing's urban area, including one in the central business district," said Zhang, who is also vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The Beijing municipal government and energy firms would implement the recommendation soon, Zhang said.

"Cities with coal shortages like Shanghai and Nanjing should also take the lead," said Zhang.

At the forum with the theme Environmental Protection and Urban Responsibilities, Zhang said China was undergoing a process of rapid urbanization with the consumption of energy rising quickly.

"Air quality in cities like Beijing and Shanghai is deteriorating. It's hard to see clear skies and bright stars in the cities," he said.

"The government puts great stock in seeking harmonious development between cities and the environment, and is readjusting the energy structure by giving priority to the development of clean and low-carbon energies, including hydroelectric, nuclear, wind and solar power."

Source: Xinhua


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