Coal con­sump­tion to be 4.3 bil­lion tons by 2020

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s coal con­sump­tion will be around 4.3 bil­lion tons by 2020 as the gov­ern­ment pushes for cleaner and greener growth de­spite the slow­ing econ­omy, the China Na­tional Coal As­so­ci­a­tion (CNCA) said.

The an­nual growth of coal con­sump­tion dur­ing 2016-2020 will re­main at 2 per­cent, said CNCA pres­i­dent Wang Xianzheng dur­ing an in­dus­try con­fer­ence.

For the next five years, the coal in­dus­try will pri­or­i­tize re­struc­tur­ing and up­grades, which­means cut­ting ca­pac­ity and more merg­ers, Wang said.

China’s coal con­sump­tion de­creased in the first quar­ter of this year, reach­ing 910 mil­lion tons, down 3.7 per­cent year-on-year, CNCA data showed.

Coal ac­counted for 64 per­cent of the pri­mary energy last year, down 4.5 per­cent from 2012.

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