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.The plan placed heavy responsibility on regions around Beijing, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, the three biggest city clusters, asking them to wean off too much coal burning.
Installed nuclear power capacity will reach 58 gigawatts and those under construction will top 30 gigawatts by 2020.