Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, China's major high-tech and heavy industrial base, will speed up achieving "zero" coal-burning in this place, announced the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in a briefing on May 16.
According to a former plan released from the MEP, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei's Langfang and Baoding should entirely ban burning coal by October 2017.
As of end-October, Beijing pledged to complete the project of changing coal to clean energy in the rest of 820 villages.
By September 2016, the city has started the project in 463 villages, and fulfilled changing coal to electricity in 385 villiages.
Wuqing District in Tianjin, was divided into Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coal-ban area and made sure no coal firing by October this year, said a senior official of the MEP.
"It is estimated 0.45 million tonnes of coal can be reduced up completion," he added.
Before the deadline of October 2017, Hebei's Baoding planned to finish reforms of coal-to-clean energy in 590,000 families of 1,467 villages.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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