China’s capital city is replacing its remaining coal-fired power plants with four gas-fired power stations.

China Huaneng Group Corp.’s 845 MW power plant is set for closure in 2016. Meanwhile last week plants owned by Guohua Electric Power Corp. and Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co. were closed, according to a statement on the website of the city’s economic planning agency. A fourth plant, owned by China Datang Corp., was shut last year.
Its part of an overall strategy to reduce the country’s carbon emissions as the government aims to create more electricity from hydroelectric power, solar and wind.

There is also a drive to restart its nuclear power programme.

Emissions fell 2 per cent in China in 2013, the first decline since 2001, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate based on preliminary energy demand data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Beijing’s facilities will be replaced by four gas-fired stations with capacity to supply 2.6 times more electricity than the coal plants.

The switch away from coal is estimated to cut carbon emissions of about 30 million tonnes.