Driverless taxis hit China’s streets

The so-called robotaxi service rolled out in Beijing’s Shougang Park, one of the venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Chinese finance platform fights air pollution

A green financing platform has been launched to improve air quality in the greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region. The China National Investment and Guaranty Corporation’s (I&G) scheme is supported by an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan of €458 million (£402m). Around one million premature deaths are believed to be caused by poor air quality each year across […]

China lands its first biofuel flight

China’s largest private carrier has completed the nation’s first commercial flight powered by waste cooking oil. Hainan Airlines used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from local restaurants to fly from Shanghai to Beijing. Both engines in the Boeing 737-800 were powered by a fuel blend of around 50% aviation biofuel mixed […]

Crash sees Lucas di Grassi win first Formula E race

A dramatic crash between racers Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld saw Brazilian Lucas di Grassi claim a win at the first ever Formula E electric race in Beijing on Saturday. Starting the race in pole position, Prost of Team e.dams Renault had led for most of the ePrix when Heidfeld tried to overtake on the […]

Burning rubber in Beijing as Formula E opens tomorrow

Beijing’s streets will be bustling with spectators tomorrow when electric car racing series Formula E kicks off. Ten teams of two drivers will navigate the route which winds through the city centre past the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium. (Check out the circuit guide here.) Coming out of the test drives, Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi […]

Chinese capital ‘to ditch coal use by 2020’

China’s capital Beijing could be coal-free by the end of the decade as the nation aims to tackle pollution. Reports claim the smog-plagued city will instead rely on electricity and natural gas for heating, cooking and other uses. Statistics suggest coal accounted for a quarter of Beijing’s energy use in 2012 and China’s rapid growth […]

Beijing to ‘replace coal-fired plants before 2015’

China’s capital city is looking to phase out all of its coal-fired power plants and replace them by the end of next year in its efforts to tackle air pollution, Chinese reports claim. According to municipal authorities, Beijing (pictured) is planning to build four new power plants and 40 “utility projects” to replace existing coal […]

US and China sign shale oil deal

A US energy company has signed a co-operation agreement with a Chinese firm to develop a shale oil block in China. China is believed to hold the world’s largest recoverable shale gas resources and aims to replicate the production boom seen in the US, however, it is still in the early stages of exploration for […]

Formula E electric car race could pass Beijing Bird’s Nest

Beijing has officially welcomed the electric answer to Formula 1’s thrilling races – by suggesting the races could pass by the ‘Bird’s Nest’. The distinctive venue which was designed to host the 2008 Olympics could overlook the route (artist’s impression, pictured) of the new FIA Formula E Championships which begin next year. Over the weekend, […]

Beijing plans to bin coal-fired boilers?

Images of Chinese city-dwellers wearing white masks over their nose and mouth to avoid breathing in coal dust could become a rarity if authorities get their way: Beijing hopes to bin most coal-fired boilers in its city centre in a bid to cut air pollution by the end of 2015. The Chinese capital wants to […]