The Chinese government ordered coal-fired power plants in major cities to implement emission controls to decrease the release of sulfur dioxide this week. The requirements apply to plants in Beijing, Shanghai and 21 other cities.
The cities that are subject to the new requirement represent 60% of China's total sulfur dioxide emissions from coal,
vehicle emissions and industrial pollution. If the regulations are enforced, producers in China's energy market would face significant increases in their production costs.
Specifics were not given on the nature of the emission reductions or deadlines for equipment installation.