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China’s Hebei to cut coal consumption by over 6 mln T in 2017

China’s northern province of Hebei expects to cut coal consumption by at least 6 million tonnes in 2017, in a drive to improve its air quality and energy efficiency, said the provincial government on its website on Thursday.

Hebei expects to reduce its coal consumption to 85 percent of total energy mix this year, down from 88.7 percent in 2016.

Natural gas consumption will rise 0.9 percentage point to 3.1 percent, while renewable energy consumption picks up 1.3 percentage point to 3.2 percent in 2017.

By the end of 2016, Hebei had installed wind power capacity of 11.23 gigawatts (GW), solar capacity of 4.56 GW and biomass energy capacity of 540 megawatts.

The smog-prone region of Bejing-Tianjin-Hebei aims to cut coal consumption to below 300 million tonnes by 2020.

Hebei is a centre for steelmaking in China, also home to six of the country’s 10 smoggiest cities in the first three quarters of this year.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason)

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