President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE
President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE

China will phase out coal but for now it’s essential in the energy mix: senior climate official

  • Environment ministry’s head of climate change says coal-fired power stations are needed to ensure stability of supply in move towards peak emissions
  • China must balance environmental goals with other priorities, such as economic growth and easing poverty, says Li Gao

Topic |   Business of climate change
President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE
President Xi Jinping has declared China’s climate goals on the international stage but the issue of coal use continues to mar the country’s climate ambitions - or at least perceptions around them. Photo: EPA-EFE
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