BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to the Chinese government report, opportunities will be expanded for an environmentally friendly and highly efficient use of coal, while the consumption of conventional raw coal will be reduced and a shift from coal to gas and electricity will be encouraged.
"In the current year we expect to reduce the chemical oxygen demand [measure of water pollutants] and the content of ammonia nitrogen [a toxic pollutant]," Li Keqiang said, adding that emissions of sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas, and nitrogen oxide, which is linked to asthmatic conditions, are also expected to be reduced, by 3 percent.
The Chinese government also plans to decommission 3.8 million vehicles that do not meet modern emission standards.
Beijing officials have announced plans of spending the equivalent of $2.5 billion in 2016 to tackle environmental pollution.
In January, the Beijing authorities said they planned to close 2,500 enterprises in 2016 as part of the city's environmental program.