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Beijing’s anti-smog plans include steel cuts and shifting coal shipments from Tianjin

Beijing’s anti-smog plans include steel cuts and shifting coal shipments from Tianjin

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Amid record levels of pollution Beijing is looking at taking drastic measures including banning coal at the northeastern port of Tianjin. In a draft policy document seen by Reuters, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has also proposed getting steel and aluminum producers to slash more output, as well as shutting some fertilizer and drug plants.

The plan is to shift coal shipments from Tianjin – which is near the smoggy capital Beijing – to Tangshan 130 km further north. Tianjin port currently handles around 100m tonnes a year of coal.

In terms of the steel and aluminium cuts, Reuters estimates total annual output could fall by 8% and 17% respectively.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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