Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Reducing Air Pollution from Electric Power-generation in China

  • Zhiyong Wang (a1)

Extract

This paper addresses current and future concerns regarding the air-pollution situation in China, and focuses on reduction of particulates', SO2, and CO2, emissions in China's electric power-generation sector. Technical aspects of control methods include an assessment of innovative approaches such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Suggestions are made pertaining to the technical planning and management aspects of air-pollutant control.

In a technological context, improving coal-use efficiency, increasing the proportion of coal pretreatment, and using EOR technology, should be considered; these measures have proven effective and relatively economical elsewhere. If the measures could be adopted in China's electric power-generation sector, as much as about 50% of the particulates, 34% of the SO2, and 95% of the CO2, emitted from power-plants, could be removed. If fully engaged, these actions would improve China's air environment significantly.

In a planning and management context, five suggestions are made with respect to air quality regulations: administrative measures, coal prices, developing ‘clean’ energy systems, reforestation, and transferring to new energy-saving and pollution-controlling technologies. In addition to domestic efforts, active engagement in international cooperation would be extremely beneficial to China.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Dow Chemical Company (1983). Gas/SPEC FT — 1 Technology: The Lowest-cost Alternative for Recovering CO2 from Flue Gases. Dow Chemical Company, PO Box 4641, Houston, Texas 77210, USA: 5 pp., illustr.
Edmonds, J.A., Reilly, J., Trabalka, J.R. & Reichle, D.E. (1983). An Analysis of Concepts for Controlling Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Report DOE/CH/00016–1, Contract DE-ACOZ-76CH00016. US Department of Energy, Washington, DC, USA: 66 pp., illustr.
Ellington, R.T. & Meo, M. (in press). Global climate protection from greenhouse gases: a systems perspective. World Resource Review, 2(3), USA. (in press).
Fang, W. (1989). The annual economic Joss reaches 70 billion RMB yuan in China due to the environmental pollution. People's Daily Overseas Edition, 11 May, PR of China, p. 8.
Gao, F.B. (1989). Engineer, Beijing Economic Research Institute of Water Resources and Electric Power, PR of China. [Letter] 20 09. [Not available for checking.]
Gu, H.H. (1989). China is carrying out its Permit License System for wastewater discharge. People's Daily Overseas Edition, p. 1, 7 09.
Hao, F.Y. (1982). Coal preparation and comprehensive utilization in China. P. 137 in China Coal Industry Yearbook, 1982 (Ed. Compiling Committee of ‘China Coal Industry Yearbook’, Ministry of Coal Industry, China). Economic Information & Agency, Hong Kong: 316 pp., illustr.
Jaeger, J. (1988). Developing Policies for Responding to Climate Change: A Summary of Workshops (at Villach. October 1987, and Bellagio, November 1987). World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (WMO/TD-No. 225): v + 55 pp., illustr.
Kinzelbach, W.K.H. (1983). China: energy and environment. Environmental Management, 7, pp. 303–10.
Li, J.H. (1984). Everyone should be concerned about environmental strategy. Environmental Protection (PR of China), 01, pp. 57.
Li, X.G. (1990). Experts from different countries discuss China's environmental protection in Beijing. People's Daily Overseas Edition, 13 02, p. 1.
Ministry of Energy of PRC (1989). Energy in China, 1989. Ministry of Energy of PRC, Beijing, PR of China: 89 pp., illustr.
National Research Council (US) (1983). Changing Climate. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, USA: xxiii + 496 pp., illustr.
National Research Council (US) (1989). Ozone Depletion, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate Change. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, USA: xiii + 122 pp., illustr.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (cited as OECD) (1983). Coal and Environmental Protection — Costs and Costing Methods. OECD, Paris, France: 131 pp., illustr.
Pan, X.X. (1989). China is taking measures to solve the shortage situation of energy. People's Daily Overseas Edition, p. 3, 24 03.
Phillips, P.J. & Cole, R.M. (1980). Economic penalties attributable to ash content of steam coals. Mining Engineering, USA: 03, pp. 297302, illustr.
Qu, G.P. (1987). Environmental protection: Much to do. Beijing Review, 30(28), 34 pp.
Qu, G.P. & Li, Ch. (1984). Environmental management. Pp. 12 in Managing the Environment in China (Eds Qu, G.P. & Lee, W.). Tycooly International Publishing Ltd., Dublin, Ireland: xvii + 212 pp., illustr.
Simiskey, P.L. & Sanchez, R.M. (1984). GAS/SPFC FT-2 Technology — carbon dioxide recovery from flue gas streams containing SO2. Enhanced Recovery Week Conference, 6–7 December, Houston, Texas, USA: 3 pp., illustr.
Steinberg, M. (1981). Technologies for the Recovery and Disposal of Carbon Dioxide. Brookhaven National Laboratory, BNL 29526, 04 1981, USA: 29 pp., illustr.
Toronto Conference Statement Committee (1988). Conference Statement: The Changing Atmosphere — Implications for Global Security, 273006, Toronto, Canada: 12 pp.
US Environmental Protection Agency (1978). An Engineering! Economic Analysis of Coal Preparation Plant Operation and Cost. Interagency Energy/Environment R&D Program Report, EPA-600/7-78-124, Washington, DC 20460, USA: xii + 297 pp., illustr.
World Bank (1985). A World Bank Country Economic Report, China, Long-term Development Issues and Options. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA: xiii + 183 pp., illustr.
Xinhua News Agency (1989). Yao, Yilin reports the economic situation to the Standing Committee of National People's Congress. People's Daily Overseas Edition, 22 03, p. 3.
Xinhua News Agency (1990). Environmental Protection is a Basic National Policy in China. People's Daily Overseas Edition, 23 04, p. 1.
Yuan, G.R. (1982). Pp. 96–8 in Chinese Economic Yearbook. State Statistical Bureau of China, Beijing, China: [not available for checking].
Zhao, L.Z. (1989). Associate Professor, Beijing Economic Research Institute of Water Resources and Electric Power. Letter, PR of China, October. [Not available for checking.]

Reducing Air Pollution from Electric Power-generation in China

  • Zhiyong Wang (a1)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed