China to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020

As China's capital, Beijing, fights increasing levels of pollution, the government will announce plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020.

Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau detailed the plan on its website Monday, the Associated Press reports, stating the city will give priority to electricity and natural gas for heating.

Coal made up a quarter of Beijing's energy consumption in 2012 and 22 percent of the fine particles of pollution in the air, AP reports. Other contributing factors to the city's pollution include vehicles, industrial production and general dust.

While Beijing will work to eradicate coal in the city, the rest of China is expected to increase its use of coal, generating more greenhouse gases. China is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide in the world. The U.S. is second.

The Chinese government has felt mounting pressure from the public to clean up the pollution, and other countries will be looking to them as well heading into the Paris climate talks in 2015.