- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 15:23
The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city's electricity now generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend.
The AFP news agency reports that the shuttering of the power plant comes on the heels of China's annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue again" in his state-of-the-nation speech. The plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually. In response to a reporter's question about persistent levels of pollution, Li repeated his pledge to target coal-burning and vehicle emissions. "We may not be able to control the weather, but we can adjust our behaviour and our way of development," he said. "Blue skies should no longer be a luxury, nor will they be."