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China set to cut power sector emissions by 60% by 2020

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China will cut emissions of major pollutants in the power sector by 60% by 2020, the cabinet announced, after world leaders met in Paris to address climate change.

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China will also reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power generation by 180 million tonnes by 2020, according to a statement on the official government website.

Researchers at Chinese government-backed think-tanks said that coal consumption by power stations in China would probably peak by 2020.

Europe Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the announcement seemed to relate more to air pollutants than greenhouse gas emissions.

China's capital Beijing suffered choking pollution this week, triggering an "orange" alert, the second-highest level, closing highways, halting or suspending construction and prompting a warning to residents to stay indoors.

The smog was caused by "unfavorable" weather, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

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