Coal-rich China province reports better air quality

Time:2019-11-19 08:39:41      Source: xinhuanet.com

The northern Chinese coal-rich province of Shanxi saw improved air quality in the first 10 months of the year with reductions in emissions of air pollutants.

A composite air index fell 9.3 percent year on year, according to the provincial department of ecology and environment.

During the January-October period, the emissions of sulfur dioxide, a major type of pollutant in the province, particularly in the coal-burning winter heating season, fell 21.1 percent.

Emissions of PM10 and PM2.5, airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers and 2.5 micrometers in diameter, dropped 12.5 percent and 5.1 percent respectively.

Shanxi has stepped up the development of new energy in a bid to power its economy with more clean energy. New energy accounted for over 23 percent of the total power generating capacity in the country's long-time largest coal-producing area.

Shanxi is estimated to see 36 billion kWh of electricity generated by new energy in 2019, up 9 percent year on year, according to the provincial branch of the State Grid.

The estimate means the province can replace 11.34 million tonnes of standard coal with generated electricity and reduce 30.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, it said.

Index RMB/t DoD Basis Date
Datong 5500 390 0 ex-mine 12-11
Shuozhou 5200 420 0 FOR 12-11
Ordos 5500 325 0 ex-mine 12-11
Yulin 6200 420 0 ex-mine 12-11
Liulin Low-sulphur 850 0 ex-mine 12-11
Gujiao Low-sulphur 1410 0 FOR 12-11
Xingtai Low-sulphur 1610 0 ex-Factory 12-11
Yangquan PCI 740 0 FOR 12-11
Index RMB/t WoW WoW% Date
Qinhuangdao 624.0 -33.0 -5.02 12-05
Caofeidian 365.6 -23.7 -6.09 12-05
Huanghua 227.9 -1.2 -0.52 12-05
Guangzhou 273.3 8.2 3.09 12-05
coastal 6PPs 1692.1 20.2 1.21 12-05
North Ports 2757.5 -62.6 -2.22 12-05
Yangtze River delta 1488.3 -18.1 -1.20 12-05
South Ports 3187.9 -42.5 -1.32 12-05
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