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Reveal data shows that coal use has dropped in China in the first four months of 2015, accelerating a trend already observed in 2014.

Greenpeacereleased new data revealing that China’s coal consumption fell by nearly 8% in the first four months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014. This analysis follows previously-released data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluding that China’s coal use dropped by 2.9% in 2014, and therefore confirms this trend and suggests that the use of the world’s most polluting fossil fuel by its main emitter could be in a terminal decline.

Moreover, Greenpeace estimated that the coal decline would lead to a 5% drop in China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, bringing them down by an amount equal to the total CO2 output coming from the United Kingdom over the same timespan.

The fall in coal use can be explained in light of the state of China’s economy, for which 2015 may be the worst year in 25 years, but it is also due to new regulations that address the problem of air pollution and make the industry more competitive, to the ongoing “war” on smog, and to the shift to a services-driven economy.

The environmental organization stated it based the findings on various sources, including China’s industrial output figures for April and custom data showing a 38% drop in coal imports. However, Chinese coal statistics have often been called into question, as many analysts maintained that data were being under-reported by local governments and businesses; nevertheless, Lauri Myllyvirta, the analyst who calculated the figures for Greenpeace, stated that the new statistics should be trusted “because in the current economic situation no government has an incentive to publish falling numbers for industrial growth”.

If the reduction continues until the end of the year and the data will confirmed to be right, this drop would be the largest year-on-year fall ever recorded in any country.


The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Thursday, 14 May 2015

(Source: RTCC)