(Yicai Global) Nov. 10 -- Pollution-plagued Beijing has set its air pollution control goals for the next five years. By 2020, average annual concentrations of fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM 2.5) in the air should fall to around 56 micrograms per cubic meter in Beijing -- down by 30 percent from last year -- and the number of blue-sky days should exceed 56 percent.
The environmental protection plan for the 13th five-year period (2016-2020) passed by the executive meeting of the Beijing municipal government projects that, by the end of 2020, Beijing will have no coal-fired boilers and no coal burned for apartment heating in non-mountainous areas. All coal-fired facilities in the services industry will be retooled to use quality clean energy. Beijing's total energy consumption will be controlled within 76.51 million tons of standard coal. An energy supply system focusing on electricity and natural gas -- supplemented with new and renewable energy -- will form. By 2020, the percentage of quality clean energy will grow to over 90 percent and phase-out of vehicles with low emissions standards will accelerate.