China's addiction to coal clashes with carbon neutrality pledge - by Nikkei staff writers

This article from the NIKKEI Asia dated March 8, 2021 by SHUNSUKE TABETA and SHUHEI OCHIAI begins as follows:


BEIJING/TOKYO -- China's inability to crack its dependence on coal power threatens to undermine the country's pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.


Last year, China built enough coal-fired power plants to provide 38.4 gigawatts of electricity, data from U.S. think tank Global Energy Monitor shows, far surpassing the 8.6 GW from plants that were retired. This net gain in capacity, the equivalent of 30 nuclear facilities, suggests that coal will remain king in China for the foreseeable future.


Industry group China Electricity Council in a February report called coal-fired energy a cornerstone in maintaining a stable power infrastructure. Despite the growth of renewable energy, coal thermal power "can contribute hugely," said Yu Chongde, the council's vice president and secretary general.


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