A Chinese official says the government plans to boost coal production through 2025 to avoid a repeat of last year’s power shortages.
China to mine more coal
China plans to boost coal production through 2025 to avoid a repeat of last year’s power shortages, an official says, adding to setbacks in efforts to cut climate-changing carbon emissions from the biggest global source.
China is a big investor in wind and solar, but jittery Communist Party leaders called for more coal-fired power after economic growth slumped last year and shortages caused blackouts.
That prompted warnings that carbon emissions will rise faster through 2030, when they government says they should peak.
The ruling party aims for annual coal production to rise to 4.6 billion tonnes in 2025, a deputy director of the Cabinet’s National Energy Administration, Ren Jingdong, said at a news conference held during a ruling party congress. That would be a 12 per cent increase over last year’s 4.1 billion tonnes.