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
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

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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
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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