Beijing's last coal mine to close, as greener future opens up

  • Friday, August 16, 2019

  • Keywords:Beijing, coal mine
[Fellow]An announcement from the official receiver is anticipated imminently, the BBC said on Thursday.

[Ferro-Alloys.comBeijing's last coal mine will shut before the end of this year, ending the city's reliance on the fossil fuel which stretches back more than 1,000 years.

The closure reflects the government's ongoing efforts to improve the environment for the public.
Located in Mentougou district in Beijing's southwest, the Datai coal mine belongs to the State-owned Jingmei Group, which started operations in 1948.
Historically, Mentougou has been a crucial coal supplier to Beijing. However, as the city has changed in recent years so too has the district, shifting from being an energy provider to an environmental conservation area.
More than 270 coal mines have been shut down in Mentougou over the past 20 years, according to the district authority.
Beijing's energy, industrial and transportation infrastructure have all been upgraded as the air quality improves. City authorities have shut down 2,600 polluting companies over the past five years, while also encouraging the use of electric vehicles.

In March, the United Nations Environment Programme published a report on Beijing's air pollution campaign, which said the city had provided a valuable example to other international cities on achieving their goals in a short period.(Chinadaily)


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