"China Ramps Up Coal Power Again, Despite Pressure to Cut Emissions"

"Concerns about air pollution and over-investment had prompted China to suspend construction of hundreds of plants in 2016, but many have since restarted. "

"China is set to add new coal-fired power plants equivalent to the European Union's entire capacity in a bid to boost its slowing economy, despite global pressure on the world's biggest energy consumer to rein in carbon emissions.

Across the country, 148 gigawatts of coal-fired plants are either being built or are about to begin construction, according to a report from Global Energy Monitor, a non-profit group that monitors coal stations. The current capacity of the entire EU coal fleet is 149 GW.

While the rest of the world has been largely reducing coal-powered capacity over the past two years, China is building so much new coal power that it more than offsets the decline elsewhere."

Leslie Hook reports for the Financial Times November 20, 2019.


"China Set for Massive Coal Expansion in Threat to Climate Goals" (Bloomberg)

"World’s Current Fossil Fuel Plans Will Shatter Paris Climate Limits, UN Warns" (InsideClimate News)

"Booming Southeast Asia’s Dirty Secret: Coal" (ClimateWire)

Source: Financial Times, 11/21/2019