China’s environmental protection minister Chen Jining said Friday that the country is promoting clean coal to curb air pollution.
Chen says China’s energy structure, especially the consumption of coal, is partly to blame for air pollution.
SOUNDBITE: CHEN JINIING, China’s environmental protection minister:
For quite a long time, we will double efforts in promoting clean energy and clean coal, and also to cut emissions from household coal. Emissions from one tonne of household coal are equivalent to those from five to ten tonnes of coal burned in power plants.
Chen says China pays much attention to adjusting its energy structure, and it has become one of the tasks in the country’s draft development plan for the next five years.