China to increase elimination of old steel, coke capacity in 2018-2020: state council

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China will intensify the elimination of outdated and excessive steel and coke capacity, and continue to control coal consumption in major areas in the coming three years, the State Council said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: A pile of coal is seen underneath newly installed gas pipes in a courtyard in the village of Heqiaoxiang outside of Baoding, Hebei province, China, December 5, 2017. Picture taken December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

It also set a cap for steel capacity in Hebei province, the country’s largest steelmaking province, at 200 million tonnes by 2020.

The country will continue to launch anti-pollution measures during the autumn and winter seasons and control total coal consumption in major area in 2018 to 2020, the State Council said.

It also set annual production and sales target for new energy vehicles at around 2 million vehicles by 2020 to reduce road emissions.

Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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