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China shuts down 253 small coal-fired generating units

Sept 28, 2007 - Asia In Focus

In the past eight months, China has shut down 253 small coal-fired generating units that were heavy energy consumers and emitters, and replaced them with high-efficiency generators that has cut yearly coal consumption by 13.5 million tons and CO2 emissions by 27 million tons. Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan said this while inaugurating the second forum on China-Japan Energy Saving and Environmental Protection yesterday.

* To meet the goal of lowering energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 20 per cent and reducing the output of sulfur dioxide and chemical oxygen demand by 10 per cent by the end of 2010 compared with 2005, thermal generators with a capacity of 355 million kilowatts (kW) will be fitted with desulfurization devices by 2010, he added.

* Zeng also said China will adopt measures to guide and encourage the development of renewable energy with taxation and fiscal incentives.