China produced 3.84 billion tonnes of coal in 2020, its highest since 2015 and a year-on-year growth of 90 million tonnes. Photo: Reuters
China produced 3.84 billion tonnes of coal in 2020, its highest since 2015 and a year-on-year growth of 90 million tonnes. Photo: Reuters

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China coal: why is it so important to the economy?

  • China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, used for heating, cooking, electricity generation and steel making
  • China is also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it has pledged to transition away from fossil fuels over the next four decades

China produced 3.84 billion tonnes of coal in 2020, its highest since 2015 and a year-on-year growth of 90 million tonnes. Photo: Reuters
China produced 3.84 billion tonnes of coal in 2020, its highest since 2015 and a year-on-year growth of 90 million tonnes. Photo: Reuters
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