With a growing population and a rapidly aging population, China is becoming increasingly reliant on natural gas.
However, China still relies heavily on coal.
According to an article published in Bloomberg News, China’s power plant sector is currently a net importer of coal, accounting for nearly 13% of the country’s total coal-fired capacity.
This article also notes that China’s coal consumption has been declining over the past three decades, and the country has been facing a number of environmental and economic challenges.
For example, the country is trying to phase out coal-burning power plants in order to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Coal, in fact, has been the largest contributor to the countrys carbon emissions since 1990, when it accounted for 17% of its total CO2 emissions.
It’s the primary fuel that makes up almost 90% of China’s electric power generation.
However for the past several years, China has been ramping up its use of natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal, especially in areas with low power demand.
However as more countries become more reliant on the coal industry, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Chinese government has failed to meet its own environmental goals.
As Bloomberg notes, China does not meet its 2020 targets for greenhouse gas reductions.
Instead, China just recently signed a deal with Russia to build new coal-fuelled power plants.
The deal will likely lead to more coal-fed power plants, as the new coal plants are more efficient than coal-powered plants, and are expected to be built at a lower cost.
China’s current coal-based power generation capacity is not sufficient to meet China’s emissions targets, and many of the new power plants will be located in remote and sparsely populated regions.
China, meanwhile, is also experiencing an environmental crisis with its air quality.
A new report published by the Worldwatch Institute found that China is the world’s worst air polluter, and has the third-highest number of premature deaths in the world.
In 2015, more than 9,000 people died of respiratory problems related to pollution.
According the WorldWatch Institute, more people died from lung cancer and other lung diseases than from air pollution in the past 25 years.