Beijing to Spend $2.7B to Clean Air 01/19 06:17
BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in
the capital this year, state media reported Thursday.
Part of the money will be used to close or upgrade more than 2,000 polluting
factories, replace the use of coal with clean energy on the outskirts of the
city and phase out 300,000 high-polluting older vehicles, the official Xinhua
News Agency said, citing Beijing's acting mayor, Cai Qi.
Authorities are eager to bring about a visible improvement in China's bad
air, especially in the high-profile capital and its surrounding areas. Beijing
has suffered some particularly bad bouts of hazardous air in the past few
weeks, causing it to order some factories to temporarily close and
schoolchildren to stay at home.
China has made great efforts to reduce its dependence on coal and generate
more power from cleaner sources of renewable energy. Directives made public
this week from the National Energy Administration ordered the cancellation of
around 100 planned coal-fired power plants across the country, the construction
for some of which had already started.
On Wednesday, authorities launched an environmental police squad tasked with
rooting out illegal burning in Beijing.