China has 121.3GW of coal-fired power plants under construction, a US report says. Photo: Reuters

China’s coal-fired power capacity expands, bucks global trend, report says

  • Capacity has increased by about 4.5 per cent in past 18 months, according to US-based research network Global Energy Monitor
  • Environmental groups have accused Beijing of relaxing efforts to curb coal consumption to amid slower economic growth
Topic |   Climate change

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China has 121.3GW of coal-fired power plants under construction, a US report says. Photo: Reuters
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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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