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How Capping Coal Can Help China to Peak its CO2 Emissions by 2025 and Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

June 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Emissions Policy

Nearly 80 percent of China's energy-related CO2 emissions come from coal. That's why putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to protect itself - and the rest of the world - from the devastating impacts of climate change.[read more]

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

April 1, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Transition

Beijing announced the closure of the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. Carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, this is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its emissions.[read more]


New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta

A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone

China Coal Realism


It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

November 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm

China Caps Coal

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week.[read more]

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

China Fuel Choices and Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change. Now China is taking serious action and is clearly on the brink of even more major action.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Good News, Bad News on Chinese Coal Use

May 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson

China Coal Use News

Industrialized nations have been slow to enact binding climate change mitigation strategies due to apprehension that carbon emissions from large developing nations China and India will surpass any western reductions, rendering the actions moot.[read more]

Calculating the Emissions From All Those New Chinese Coal Plants

April 27, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

I mentioned in a prior post (2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead) that the IEA had tweeted out an astonishing statistic, namely that from 2005 to 2012 China had added 150MW of new coal-fired electricity generation every day.[read more]