BEIJING, March. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese capital Beijing will put into use 20
bigger and more efficient heating centers in the next two years in a bid to
Ten such centers were in operation and the city planned to increase the
number to 20 in 2009 and 30 in 2010, an official with the Municipal Commission
of Development and Reform said Monday.
The 30 centers, replacing 670 small coal-fired boilers, would provide
heating to 100 million cubic meters of housing in ten suburban districts,
according to the official.
The city launched the project of building more efficient and less polluting
heating facilities in Changping District in 2005.
The centers, equipped with desulphurization facilities, could reduce
harmful smoke and sulphur dioxide emissions by 74 percent and 68 percent
respectively, according to the commission. They were also 30 percent more