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World China still puts on coal in the face of the rise in energy prices

00:40  19 september  2022
00:40  19 september  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Après de nombreux mois de baisse d'activité charbonnière, la Chine a renoué avec cette dernière. Ici, un camion est chargé de charbon depuis un cargo, dans le port de Lianyungang, dans la province du Jiangsu, le 26 juillet 2018. © Stringer / Reuters After many months of lower coal activity, China has returned to the latter. Here, a truck has been charged with coal from a cargo cargo in the port of Lianyungang, in the jiangsu province, on July 26, 2018.

China still puts on coal despite the promises of a reduction from 2026. After A reduction in electricity produced via coal in the first half, production increased in July and August, according to the climate observatory, Carbon Brief. China, already the world's leading global transmitter emitter, wants to face energy shortages and the rise in gas and petroleum prices. But also to run the air conditioners in the face of an unprecedented heat wave.

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In recent weeks, the quantities of burnt coal has been upwards to operate the air conditioners. With watercourses having dried up, it was also necessary to compensate for the drop in production of hydraulic dams.

But, everything is not based on weather issues. As of last fall, the authorities asked the producers of coal to increase their extraction capacity for 2022 , an increase equivalent to one month of additional production.

NEW CENTRALS

Certainly, at the beginning of the year, Chinese imports of coal fell. But in June, Prime Minister Li Keqiang called for increasing production capacity as much as possible. And according to Greenpeace, in the first quarter, the Chinese regulators authorized new coal power plants for a capacity of more than 8.5 gigawatts -almost half of what had been approved throughout 2021 .

Now the experts fear that a coal support policy complicates a possible transition to a greater recourse to renewable energies. However, the slowdown in economic growth in China was accompanied by a decrease in its CO2 emissions. According to the Carbon Brief Observatory, they fell for four consecutive quarters.

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