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CHINA'S COAL
27 January 2015 | by Gabor Chodkowski-Gyurics

Coal production in China drops for the first time in 21st century

Coal production in China drops for the first time in 21st century
Coal production in China fell by 2.1% year-on-year in 2014, marking the first drop in production in the 21st century, Chinese state media reported on January 26. Production is expected to decline by a further 2.5% this year, Jiang Zhimin, vice president of the China National Coal Association, told Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The industry claims that the production was hampered by a number of one-off factors, such as high rainfall boosting hydroelectric production that in turn reduced demand for coal. Government restrictions on export of low-quality coal and coal price dropping by around 20% worldwide were also named as factors. Mr. Zhimin also acknowledged that the Chinese government’s recent turn towards renewable energy and reducing air pollution has impacted the industry.

The drop in coal production could contribute to further reduction of emissions intensity of Chinese economy. According to Xinhua, between 2005 and 2013, CO2 emission per unit of GDP fell by 29%. Last year saw the same figure dropping by another 4.8%, owing to investment in renewable energy.



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