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

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

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A passenger airliner flies past smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AP
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Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua

China’s plan to reduce use of coal for heating in northern homes still facing problems, report says

  • High cost and lack of supply of alternatives like natural gas and electricity hampering Beijing’s ambitions, study suggests
  • And concerns are growing that once subsidies end, poor households will return to burning coal
Topic |   Beijing air pollution

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Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua
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