Asia Turns Greener

7 August 2014

South Korea could compete with Europe in carbon credits, while China, Japan and even India are curbing greenhouse gases. Suddenly, Asia’s major economies are looking a shade greener, despite justified skepticism over the region’s patchy environmental record.

On Monday, Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau took a step toward cleaning up the polluted Chinese capital by announcing plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020, putting priority on electricity and natural gas for heating instead.

According to China’s official Xinhua News Agency, the districts of Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Haidian, Fengtai, Shijingshan and Xicheng will cease using all coal products and shut down coal-fired power plants, adding to a previous move by the central government to prohibit new coal-fired power plants around Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

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