BEIJING (Xinhua) — Annual coal consumption will be held below 4.2 billion tonnes until 2020, 16.3 percent more than the 3.6 billion tonnes burned last year, according to the National Coal Association.
Note that these “energy targets” are the same as in their joint US-China climate pledge. But their energy announcement makes no mention of climate or carbon. That’s because this really is China’s domestic energy policy and it is just being passed off as a climate policy for diplomatic reasons. [Read more…]