Premier Li Keqiang ordered power plants failing to meet emission standards be shut down before 2020 during a State Council executive meeting on Dec 2.
It is necessary to set a minimum for emission reductions, Premier Li emphasized.
To prevent and control air pollution, the meeting decided to speed up the upgrade and transformation of coal-fueled power plants by promoting extremely low emission and world-class energy consumption standards across the nation.
According to the new standard, coal consumption per kilowatt-hour of power plants that are already in service should be kept lower than 310 grams, while newly constructed power plants’ consumption should be below 300 grams by 2020.
Power plants that fail to meet the standards will be shut down, and eastern and central regions should be advanced in meeting the standard by 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Referring to the shutdown of vertical kiln cement projects during the 1990s, the Premier said it was a good example of gradual improvement in accordance with the minimum line.
Premier Li ordered all government bodies to develop a flexible approach that allows for significant emissions reductions at a low cost. It is an approach that draws on a wide range of tools to reduce carbon pollution and in line with the 13th Five-Year Plan, he said.
After upgrade and transformation, approximately 100 million tons of coal will be saved each year, reducing 180 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 60 percent of pollutant emissions of the power industry.