China in for the long haul with fight against smog

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Last week, China's environment minister, Li Ganjie, said the country has reduced coal dependency by nearly 20% in the past year, however, the war on smog is getting harder.

"In reality the pressures are huge and it isn't easy to be optimistic about the trends," he said.

"The things that could easily be done have already mostly been done, and the things that need to be done afterwards are much harder."

Reporting on the Minister's statement, the World Economic Forum (WEF) noted that while China cut the share of coal in its total energy mix to 59% last year [2018], down from 68.5% in 2012, it remained too high.

There were also still regional disparities in the way environmental protection was being enforced, Li added.

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Source: ESI Africa

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