As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The government hopes to fill this energy gap with nuclear power, natural gas, and renewables instead.
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It’s worth noting that while China is trying to reduce the percentage of power it derives from coal over the next few years, in absolute terms, the amount of coal being burned will probably increase as energy demands go up. Even so, the ban is part of a plan to reduce China’s infamous smog by 25 percent in Beijing and at least 10 percent nationally.
This announcement comes on the heels of several other major environmental initiatives launched by the government. Over the past few months, China has started rolling out an emissions trading scheme, worked on implementing a carbon tax, invested over $65.1 billion on clean energy, and even banned outdoor BBQs to help improve air quality. Is this a case of too little too late?
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