The story appears on

Page A11

March 1, 2019

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Business » Energy

Renewables gain ground on coal power

The share of coal in China’s energy mix fell last year as the government continued efforts to foster renewable energy.

The consumption of coal inched up 1 percent year on year in 2018, much slower than the expansion of cleaner fuel and making up 59 percent of the country’s total energy consumption, down 1.4 percentage points from the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

With abundant coal reserves, China has for decades relied heavily on the cheap but dirty fuel until rising environmental awareness and quickening economic restructuring in recent years prompted a green drive in the energy sector.

The government has tightened regulations on coal mining, improved technology of cleaner use of the coal and vigorously searched for alternative fuels, moves that have made coal no longer hard to replace.

The combined proportion of natural gas, hydropower, nuclear energy and wind power rose to 22.1 percent in 2018.

That is up 1.3 percentage points from the 2017 level.

As a result, China’s carbon dioxide emissions per 10,000 yuan (US$1,500) of GDP declined 4 percent in 2018.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend