|Title||China’s coal consumption grows slightly|
|Date||2018-03-12 PM 2:38:25||Hit||18|
China’s coal consumption rose 0.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017, ending a three-year period of decline but the uptick was still well below the 2013 peak in coal consumption, according to an annual report released today by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Overall, the small uptick in coal consumption is an aberration that will not derail China’s path towards a low-carbon economy, experts told chinadialogue.
The weight of coal in the country’s energy mix has fallen to 60.4 per cent from 62 per cent in 2016, despite a 2.9 per cent rise in total energy consumption.
It is also revealed that the share of clean energy (as defined by the NBS) in China’s energy mix, which includes sources such as wind, solar, and also natural gas, expanded from 19.7 per cent to 20.4 per cent.
This was driven by increases of 21.4 per cent and 38 per cent in wind and solar energy output, respectively, as well as a 14.8 per cent rise in natural gas consumption, the result of a massive campaign to switch heating systems from coal to natural gas.
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