The Chief Executive of the World Coal Association says China’s energy strategy shows there is still a place for coal power, while building a low carbon energy system.

China’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) shows coal power will continue to be the biggest contributor to the country’s energy, but its commitment to clean coal technology was also held up as the example to follow at the International Coal Summit taking place this week in Beijing.
Benjamin Sporton
WCA Chief Executive Benjamin Sporton said, “Coal has powered the huge advances we have seen in China’s economy in the past few decades lifting 600 million people out of poverty and connecting 99 per cent of its population to the electricity grid. China is now a leading player in the deployment of low emission coal technology.”

“Their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) announcement in preparation for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris next month shows that economies can continue to grow with the benefits of affordable, reliable coal while taking ambitious action on reducing carbon emissions”.

The INDC represents a real commitment by China to use modern high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal-fired power generation and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS).

World Coal reports that China has a five-year plan where it is seeking to reduce all emissions from coal-fired power and other industrial uses. This is not just CO2 emissions but also SOx, NOx and other particulate matter. China is taking important steps to close down smaller inefficient power stations and is building large HELE coal-fired power plants to meet electricity demand.