Beijing to ban coal, bad news for mining industry

WITH large lay-offs in Queensland's coal industry this year as a result of a falling coal price, news that China is planning to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020 is the last thing the industry needs.

On Monday Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau put the plan up on their website.

A statement on the Beijing Government website states that the Economic and Technological Development Zone in Yizhuang, Daxing district will be the first area with zero consumption of high-polluting fuels by the end of this year, according to a new plan for the ban on such fuels in the capital.

Fuels for use in vehicles are not included on the list of those that will be forbidden.

The agency said the city will now prioritise electricity and natural gas for heating.

China is one of Australia's largest export markets for coal.

Are you worried about the mining industry?

This poll ended on 15 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes, this is very serious

55%

No, it's all peaks and valleys

20%

I'm worried for the short term outcome

7%

We don't need the mining industry anyway

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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