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China ignores climate pledges, tops list in building new coal plants

April 28, 2022

By Paul Homewood


From Asian News International:




Beijing [China], April 27 (ANI): Putting the pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 at bay, China is still leading the world in building new coal plants, showed a major annual survey.

Global Energy Monitor’s (GEM) eighth annual survey of the world’s coal plant pipeline on Tuesday reveals that China, the world’s top greenhouse gas polluter, continued to lead all countries in the domestic development of new coal plants, commissioning more new coal capacity in 2021 than the rest of the world combined, reported Straits Times.

Furthering the worries, China’s coal consumption is meant to peak in 2025. China is the world’s largest assembly of coal power plants and this building of new coal plants is posing a critical risk of climate change.

China has just over half the number of coal plants in the world and relies on them to generate about 60 per cent of its electricity.

Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst for research organisation Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, which contributed to GEM’s report said, “The power industry’s plan, which appears to have [Chinese] government backing, at least for now, is for coal power capacity to increase until 2030. So new plants are adding more capacity, not just replacing retirements. Last year saw retirements, in fact, slow down.”

By the end of 2021, a total of 176GW of coal capacity was under construction in 20 countries, which is slightly less than in 2020. China represented more than half (52 per cent) of that capacity, and countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia made up a total of 37 per cent.



To put the numbers into perspective, China currently has 1300GW of coal power capacity, so the extra 176GW will increase this by 13%, before taking any retirements into account.

  1. April 28, 2022 10:05 am

    China Cuts Coal Import Tariffs to Zero to Increase Supply

  2. April 28, 2022 10:38 am

    What a surprise. NOT

  3. Gamecock permalink
    April 28, 2022 10:47 am

    So this climate change action thing is just a Western fad?

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 28, 2022 3:57 pm


  4. Jack Broughton permalink
    April 28, 2022 11:02 am

    The Chines probably follow NALPKT and are well aware that CO2 and CH4 are very weak “greenhouse gases” with little if any effect on the world when proper science, rather than consensus science, is used. Also, that the climate / weather continues on its merry and variable way ignoring all the foolish mathematical models.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    April 28, 2022 11:14 am

    Are you reading this, Davey and Deben? And in your case, Chuckles, have you got some minion – let’s say, Porrit or Lucas – to read it to you?

  6. miket permalink
    April 28, 2022 11:27 am

    Sorry to be pernickety Paul, but I think you will find That’s nearer 6.7% (Using half the 176GW figure as I understand it)

  7. Mack permalink
    April 28, 2022 11:37 am

    Don’t tell Alok ‘cry me a river at Cop26’ Sharma. He’ll be in floods of tears again.

  8. John permalink
    April 28, 2022 11:43 am

    Paul, please send this to every mainstream newspaper and media outlet, including the Guardian and the BBC, and every MP.
    These people think that climate change stops at the white cliffs of Dover- at least my part of the Titanic isn’t sinking!

  9. cookers52 permalink
    April 28, 2022 12:45 pm

    This is Russian disinformation, the BBC fact checkers told me China was a leading light in the net zero mission.
    Beware of fake news, the next thing they will tell you is MP’S fiddle their expenses.

  10. C Lynch permalink
    April 28, 2022 1:01 pm

    Off topic but our equivalent of the Guardian, the Irish Times, has printed at least three articles recently blaming droughts in Somalia on “climate change”and claiming they are much worse than before . I’m sure it’s nonsense – that part of Africa is arid and I’m sure droughts were just as severe and frequent in the past. Can someone give me some hard and irrefutable facts so I can write to them – they probably won’t publish “wrong think” but I’d like to try.

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