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China moves to restrict imports of low-quality coal

A week before the United Nations Summit on Climate Change kicked off today [Sept. 23] in New York, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a directive on coal stating that the country will restrict imports of low...


A week before the United Nations Summit on Climate Change kicked off today [Sept. 23] in New York, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a directive on coal stating that the country will restrict imports of low quality coal in certain parts of the country from Jan. 1 2015, to help combat air pollution.

Under the policy document, China will apparently ban the use of coal that exceeds 16% ash and 1% sulphur in the densely populated northern cities of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, as well as in major metropolitan areas in the eastern Yangtze River basin and the southern Pearl River delta.

The directive also specified that coal that is transported for a distance of more than 600 km from its production site or from a receiving port must meet a minimum energy requirement of 3,940 kcal/kg with a maximum ash content limited to 20% and sulphur content to 1%.

Confusion about the policy and its impact lingers, however, as in subsequent media reports, Reuters, quoting sources from large power companies, said the ban would not apply to China’s large power plants.

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