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China's Zhejiang orders production suspensions to meet energy targets

Textile, dyeing and chemical fiber companies affected by campaign to cut CO2 emissions

A factory in Zhejiang province, China. The central government is pressing local authorities to reduce energy consumption as part of a national green transition strategy to lower emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.   © Reuters

Eastern China's manufacturing hub Zhejiang ordered a swath of companies to temporarily halt production as the province struggles to meet its energy consumption targets.

About 160 energy-intensive companies have been affected, mainly in the textile, dyeing and chemical fiber industries. "It is mainly for the provincial government's energy consumption control requirements," said a community official at Ma'an area in Shaoxing city, in northeastern Zhejiang province.

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