A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP
A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP
Melissa Brown
Opinion

Opinion

Melissa Brown and Ghee Peh

The problem with China’s ‘clean coal’ push is that there is no such thing as ‘clean coal’

  • China’s leadership in renewable energy is at odds with the fact that it has too much coal-fired power capacity. But Beijing is not yet ready to make the tough decisions necessary to acknowledge the problem and downsize coal production

A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP
A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP
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Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown ([email protected]) is director of energy finance studies, Asia, at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

Ghee Peh

Ghee Peh

Ghee Peh ([email protected]) is a financial analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.