China’s carbon neutral push gathers pace as coal-fired power plants drop below 50 per cent for first time

March 16, 2021
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China’s coal-fired power plants fell to less than 50 per cent of its total power generation mix for the first time last year, while separately, power generated from non-fossil fuels rose to make up more than a third of the country’s power output, according to a new report.

Coal-fired generators still produced 60 per cent of the nation’s power needs last year, with non-fossil fuels now accounting for 34 per cent of China’s total power output in 2020 – 1 per cent higher than in 2019.

This change comes amid a

ban on coal imports from Australia

that sees no sign of being lifted and China’s fresh commitment towards reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by “at least” 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, previously “up to” 65 per cent, and achieving carbon neutrality in 2060.

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