Non-fossil fuels accounted for 9.6 per cent of China's energy mix last year, according to a BP report. The government aims to raise that to about 20 per cent by 2030, which means more solar power and wind farms. Air pollution from burning coal caused more than 670,000 premature deaths nationwide in 2012. Photo: Reuters

End of China's coal boom signals cleaner and healthier future

China's bold plan for carbon emissions to peak by about 2030 could knock 1pc a year off GDP growth, but the environmental gains are huge

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Non-fossil fuels accounted for 9.6 per cent of China's energy mix last year, according to a BP report. The government aims to raise that to about 20 per cent by 2030, which means more solar power and wind farms. Air pollution from burning coal caused more than 670,000 premature deaths nationwide in 2012. Photo: Reuters
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