The purpose of this paper is to trace the heavy reliance of coal as an energy source in the city of Chongqing and the serious impact this has had on the air quality together with the municipal authority's responses.
It provides a factual description of the coal centred strategy and the heavy reliance on secondary industry output to fuel Chongqing's growth which has in turn brought about air pollution and acid rain.
The authorities are now responding through a number of new policies targeting the use of clean energy and renewable energy resources and improving energy efficiency which has already started to have positive results.
The paper provides a good practical guide to the current situation of energy consumption and policy implications for combating serious air quality issues in one of China's major urban centres.
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