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China Faces Huge Transition from Coal to Clean Energy – SCMP

The International Energy Agency says the challenge to slash CO2 emissions from coal to avoid severe impacts from climate change will be most challenging for countries like China.

The world must steeply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal use to avoid severe consequences of climate change, but the transition will be most challenging in countries such as China, the IEA says.
The first unit of the Shanghaimiao coal-fired power plant in Inner Mongolia entered operation in December 2021. Beijing is still approving new coal power plants but that should ease as its economy slows and the green transition ramps up. Photo: Guodian Power Shanghaimiao.


The world has about 9,000 coal power plants generating close to 2,185 gigawatts of power, according to a report by the South China Post which cited the International Energy Agency (IEA), which says the challenge to steeply reduce CO2 emissions from coal to avoid severe impacts from climate change will be most challenging for developing countries like China.

China is the largest coal producer and importer, and accounts for over half of global coal-fired power capacity and demand, it says, while it also produces over half the world’s steel and cement. And while China has seen impressive deployment of clean energy technologies, coal still accounted for around 60% of its energy supply in 2021. For the world to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, China’s annual emissions must be slashed from 8,400 million tonnes last year to 60 million tonnes over the next 28 years, the IEA says.

Read the full report: South China Morning Post.





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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