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Power Firms Asked To Cut Down On Coal

22nd May 2008 – SCMP

The two power companies have been asked to use more natural gas and less coal during the Olympic Games in an effort to improve air quality.

Environment Minister Edward Yau Tang-wah told legislators the suggestion had been made in talks between the government, CLP Power and Hongkong Electric.

“We approached the power companies about how to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by adjusting the use of coal and increasing the use of natural gas,” he said.

Hongkong Electric said it was having talks with a supplier about getting extra gas.

Meanwhile, a CLP spokesman said it was aware concerted efforts were needed during the Games’ equestrian events.

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