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China says it will cut power emissions 60% by 2020

07 Dec 2015

China will reduce emissions of major pollutants in the power sector 60% by 2020, the cabinet announced on Wednesday, after world leaders met in Paris to address climate change.

Beijing suffered choking pollution last week, triggering an “orange” alert, the second highest level, closing highways and suspending construction.

The hazardous air, which cleared on Wednesday, underscores the challenge facing the government as it battles pollution caused by the coal-burning power industry.

China also plans to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power generation by 180m tonnes by 2020.