04 Dec 2007 05:12:55
China steps up biomass usage
China has launched eight new biomass plants as it aims to reduce the carbon emissions from its electricity production.
The plants are located in five leading grain-producing provinces and are capable of generating a total of 1.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, Xinhua reported.
Announcing their development, the Chinese government explained the plants would burn 1.6 million tonnes of stalks annually.
Cui Mengshan, of the National Bio Energy Company, told the website: "Compared with coal-fired power plants, these biomass projects are expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 800,000 tons annually."
Last December China opened its first biomass plant, in Shandong province, burning stalks that would traditionally go to waste, with four further projects established since then.
According to the local government, the plant in Shandong has brought a total annual income increase of 40 million yuan (£2.58 million) to local residents, Xinhua added.