The city of Los Angeles is planning to cut its coal consumption to half by 2020, following a state ban that came into effect last year.
The move was welcomed by environmental groups who said it was a sign of progress in California, which is one of the worst coal-producing states in the nation.
“We are very pleased that Los Angeles has decided to reduce coal use,” said Mike Hough, vice president of the California Environmental Policy Center, a California advocacy group.
“California has the most aggressive climate change policy in the country and this will help us move toward a more green future.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Associated Press that the city’s coal use was down from the previous year and would be reduced to zero by the end of 2020.
L.A. is the only large US city that has imposed a statewide ban on imported coal and is also home to a vast amount of natural gas.
Los Angles is the biggest coal-consuming city in the United States and is home to the world’s largest concentration of coal-fired power plants, which account for about 30 percent of the US’s coal production.
California’s ban was initially expected to take effect in 2018, but has since been delayed until at least 2021, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
It will be the first time Los Angeles, a state that has historically been one of America’s most polluting, has imposed its own coal-reduction program.
According to the Times, the Los Angles city government announced a plan last week to reduce its use of imported coal by 30 percent by 2020.
“We’re just seeing a shift from coal to natural gas,” Mayor Garcetti said.
“And I think the shift to natural-gas is an important step for our economy and our environment.”