China’s eastern Shandong province has unveiled new targets to cut steel and coal production capacity, eliminate outdated aluminum smelters and change to cleaner energy as part of a broader nationwide anti-pollution push.

BEIJING (Reuters) In a three-year action plan released on Friday, Shandong’s Environmental Protection Bureau said it would cut pig iron production capacity by 600,000 tonnes and crude steel by 3.55 million tonnes by the end of this year. Coal production capacity would be cut from 156 million tonnes to 140 million tonnes by 2020, it said. The bureau said more than 70 percent of heating provided in the winter months to rural areas would be derived from clean energy sources by 2020. As part of efforts to transition away from coal in energy production, the bureau said it would increase imports of natural gas from other provinces and liquefied natural gas (LNG), boosting the provision of natural gas to 15.8 billion cubic meters by 2020. It said it would target the proportion of LNG consumption to reach around 8 percent by 2020. Transportation of coal from […]

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