BEIJING Aug 4 Beijing will ban coal use in its
six main districts by the end of 2020, state media cited the
Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau as saying, as
the Chinese capital steps up efforts to combat air pollution.
Beijing and the surrounding area in China's northeast is
often wreathed in noxious smog, which has been cited as a factor
in high rates of lung cancer.
Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and
Shijingshan districts will all stop using coal and coal products
and shut down coal-fired power plants and other coal facilities,
the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
In 2012, coal made up one-quarter of the city's total energy
consumption, Xinhua quoted official statistics as saying.
Fuel oil, petroleum coke, combustible waste and some biomass
fuels will also be prohibited as part of the effort to fight
pollution, Xinhua said.
(Reporting by Paul Carsten; editing by Jane Baird)