China must cap coal use by 2020

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CHINA needs to hit its “peak coal” use by 2020 if it is to ful­fil its com­mit­ment to end growth in cli­mate-warm­ing car­bon emis­sions by the end of the next decade, a gov­ern­ment think tank said yes­ter­day. China pledged for the first time to end growth in car­bon emis­sions by “around 2030” last week, and it has also vowed to raise the share of non-fos­sil fu­els in its to­tal en­ergy mix to 20 per­cent by the same year. To stick to those tar­gets, China needs to cap coal con­sump­tion at less than 4.1 bil­lion tons in 2020, up about 13 per­cent from the 3.6 bil­lion tons burnt last year. Su Ming, a re­searcher with the En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute, run by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, said while “peak coal” needed to come in 2020, in­dus­tri­alised east­ern re­gions needed to cut con­sump­tion ear­lier if tar­gets were to be met. Its econ­omy re­lied heav­ily on coal dur­ing the past three decades, but slow­ing and even­tu­ally re­duc­ing use of the dirty fuel was vi­tal in ef­forts to tackle smog and green­house gas emis­sions. – Reuters

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