The Chinese Government has successfully met its annual target for the closure of obsolete and inefficient coal-fired power plants.
A total of 468 facilities with a combined generating capacity of 10.71GW were closed by 15 July 2010, according to China's National Energy Administration.
During the 11th Five Year Plan period (2006-2010), the government has forced the closure of 70.77GW of small scale coal-fired capacity.
The plants would have used 81Mta of coal emitting 164Mta of CO2 and 1.4Mta of SO2 if they had remained in operation.
The closures are part of a national goal to reduce the carbon intensity of the Chinese economy per unit of GDP by 40-45% by 2020 from the 2005 level.