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China’s New Coal Power Plant Capacity in 2020 More Than 3 Times Rest of World’s

 

China put 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity into operation in 2020, according to new international research, more than three times the amount built elsewhere around the world and potentially undermining its short-term climate goals.  

The country won praise last year after President Xi Jinping pledged to make the country “carbon neutral” by 2060. But regulators have since come under fire for failing to properly control the coal power sector, a major source of climate-warming greenhouse gas.

Including decommissions, China’s coal-fired fleet capacity rose by a net 29.8 GW in 2020, even as the rest of the world made cuts of 17.2 GW, according to research released on Wednesday by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), a U.S. think tank, and the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).  

“The runaway expansion of coal-fired power is driven by electricity companies’ and local governments’ interest in maximizing investment spending, more than a real need for new capacity,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, CREA lead analyst.  

The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) didn’t immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

China approved the construction of a further 36.9 GW of coal-fired capacity last year, three times more than a year earlier, bringing the total under construction to 88.1 GW. It now has 247 GW of coal power under development, enough to supply the whole of Germany.  

A team of central government environmental inspectors delivered a scathing assessment of China’s energy regulator last Friday, accusing officials of planning failures and focusing too much on guaranteeing energy supply.  

The NEA had allowed plants to be built in already polluted regions, while projects in less sensitive “coal-power bases” had not gone ahead, they said.

China has been criticized for pursuing an energy-intensive post-COVID recovery based on heavy industry and construction, and experts say new coal plants could end up becoming heavily-indebted “stranded assets.”

Christine Shearer, GEM’s coal program director, said China needs to ensure its short-term development plans align with long-term climate goals.

“Hopefully as the Chinese government determines its coal power capacity targets for the next five-year plan (for 2021-2025), it will severely restrict if not end new coal plant builds and accelerate retirements,” she said.

Do these silly little researchers really believe the Chinese government will pay the slightest attention to their witterings?

I note they also repeat the fake claims about capacity often made by Greenpeace:

“new coal plants could end up becoming heavily-indebted “stranded assets.”

Quite what China’s economic decisions have to do with some beardies at Greenpeace is beyond me. But the reality is not what they want you to believe. China is still desperately short of reliable power generation, and will need much more in coming years as their economy continues to grow:

No wonder they are desperate for that good Australian Coal. The CCP would rather freeze it’s population than be seen as losing to Australia.

 

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  1. Aussie is the only country to really voice any concerns about china and when it comes to coal they wont say a thing as its mega profits for them
    China can do what ever the fuck it wants, with trump gone theres now nothing standing in their way. The entire world will be chinas in 20-50years.

    I dont see why nz is intent on bankrupting itself with climate goals and carbon plans when china and other 3rd world shitholes ramp it up. Ppl have being saying for years that all that will come of it is local production will go offshore to a polluting country to get around climate freindly regulations… clearly its happening but deny deny deny.

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  2. Meanwhile we have to dress in sack cloth and ashes so Jimmy Twomums et al can tell all their greenie friends how pious we are despite the fact they are sending us back to the stone age so they can win a virtue signaling competition. Wankers all of them.

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    • While sitting in my tractor going round n round the other day i thought about how halarious it would be to challenge those green freaks to live REAL carbon nuetral lives. They wouldnt last more then an a few hours and definatly not the night.

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  3. Who can forget the filthy little failed pig farmer xi Jinping buying up the planets supply of PPE and importing it back to China just a couple of weeks before the Wuflu was made public with not a thought for the Worlds population that were going to need those supplies.
    Never mind we’ll be ok our leaders are sucking up to the CCP bigtime, they are gutless cowards all 120 of them, next thing we’ll be having a huge port built somewhere in NZ by the PLA and when we default on the loans we will become a cog in the Chinese South Pacific naval wheel, but it’s ok it will only be a 100 year lease to them then we’ll own it, LOL.

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  4. I highly recommend everyone listens to Leighton Smith’s podcast No 97. He talks to Matt Burgess who is a Senior Economist at the NZ Initiative. They talk about Shaw’s Climate Commission’s report. Relatively short interview but Matt really pulls them apart.

    He does not talk about the validity of of AGW –he says net zero emissions is in the legislation so we “accept” that as the goal and then reviews the report and their plan. Firstly he says their plan will not meet the goal using their own data. Secondly he gives 3 relatively simple ways to achieve the goal without turning our lives upside down, without screwing the farmers, without going to full electric cars etc.

    It is a MUST listen.

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