Coal consumption share in China’s energy mix declined from 60.4% in 2017 to 57% in 2020, according to a conference release on February 25, beating its target of 58% for the 13th Five-Year Plan period.
China has been actively cutting coal consumption. It has closed around 100,000 small-sized inefficient coal-fired boilers for heating use, and basically shut down all boilers with capacity below 35 steam tonnes/hour at key areas, said Liu Bingjiang, an official with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
With financial support from the central government, about 2,500 households in Beijing, Tianjin and surrounding 26 cities and the Fenwei Plain have achieved replacement in coal for heating use, equivalent to a reduction of about 50-60 million tonnes of coal consumption, Liu said.
The share of non-fossil fuel energy consumption rose from 13.8% in 2017 to 15.8% in 2020, surpassing the 13th Five-Year Plan goal of 15%.
Increasing renewable energy supply is equally important to bring carbon emission to the peak in 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
China’s wind and solar power generation capacity accounted for about 63% of the total capacity increment last year, becoming the leading force in power supply growth.
In the same year, China’s coal-fired power generation capacity declined to 49.8% of the total, the first time the share dropped to 50% mark.
China has announced new targets for tackling air pollution over the next five years, Liu said in the conference.
The country will target to cut 10% of average PM2.5 density in 337 major cities by the end of 2025 compared with five years ago, Liu said.
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