China coal-plant boom spurs first global increase since 2015 By The Canadian Press | March 27, 2020, 6:41 a.m. | Share:
- Global electricity produced from burning coal slipped three per cent last year as more countries shifted to cleaner fuels, but the number of power plants grew for the first time since 2015 because of a boom in China. About 68 gigawatts of coal plants opened last year, offsetting the roughly 34 gigawatts that retired. Almost two-thirds of the new capacity was installed in China, according to a report from environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Greenpeace International. The findings show that international pressure to slow use of the dirtiest fossil fuel is having a limited impact in Asia even as coal declines in the U.S., where generation dropped 16 per cent, and in Europe, where it slumped 24 per cent. While coal generation fell three per cent in India, almost 80 per cent of the new plants under construction were in Asia. " Though coal is still advancing in some Asian countries, the rest of the world is clearly seeing an overall decline in the coal fleet,” Gyorgy Dallos, global strategist for Greenpeace, said in a statement. The report, Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, was also produced by Global Energy Monitor and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. © 2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Mar 27, 2020
China coal-plant boom spurs first global increase since 2015
By The Canadian Press |March 27, 2020, 6:41 a.m. |Share:
Global electricity pr
China coal-plant boom spurs first global increase since 2015 By The Canadian Press |March 27, 2020, 6:41 a.m. |Share: Global electricity pr