Audio Policy - 20/May/2020

China: the elephant in the coal room

China has pledged to peak carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest, but its economic plan for 2021-2025 is expected to approve the building of more coal-powered plants

China’s greenhouse emissions have slightly decreased and emissions from coal are expected to peak by 2025 as cheap wind and solar power and electric vehicles make fast inroads, says Nannan Kou, head of China research at BloombergNEF. As of 2019, just over half of the world’s coal emissions came from China, but the country is also a leading manufacturer of solar and wind equipment, electric vehicles and batteries. With the US, it dominates the global market for wind project installations. ...

 

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