China’s eastern province of Shandong aims to cut its coal consumption by 50 million metric tons (mt) in five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and upgrade its energy structure. The province set a target for 2018 consumption of 377.58 million mt per year, which would reduce coal usage by 13.2%.

In a statement, the Shandong government said, “The situation of coal consumption  reduction work in Shandong remains very grim at this moment. How to meet the target set by central government has become a prominent problem for us.”