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Following China’s announcement of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) in preparation for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this year, the World Coal Association (WCA) is pleased with China’s dedication to low emissions coal technology.

“China has put low emissions coal technology at the centre of its commitment to building a low carbon energy system,” said CEO of the WCA, Benjamin Sporton.

Sporton continued: “China’s INDC shows that coal will remain a crucial part of their energy mix for decades to come. The INDC released today represents a real commitment by China to use modern high efficiency low emission coal-fired power generation and develop carbon capture and storage.”

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) New Policies Scenario, Chinese electricity generated from coal will be 45% higher in 2040 than it is now, even though its total share of the energy mix will decrease from 76% now to 52% in 2040.

“Coal has powered the huge advances we have seen in China’s economy in the past few decades lifting 600 million people out of poverty and connecting 99% of its population to the electricity grid. China is now a leading player in the deployment of low emission coal technology. Their INDC announcement today shows that economies can continue grow with the benefits of affordable, reliable coal while taking ambitious action on reducing carbon emissions,” Sporton said. “The announcement today means the climate talks in Paris later this year must recognise that low emission coal technologies will be a crucial to achieving the world’s climate objectives. Without action on high efficiency low emission and carbon capture and storage technology, it will be impossible to achieve the 2° target.”

Sporton concluded: “Recent market fluctuations have led some commentators to claim that China is moving away from coal. China’s announcement today shows that is patently not true. China has made serious commitments to low emission coal technology because coal will continue to be the backbone of its energy mix for decades to come.”

Edited from Press Release by Harleigh Hobbs

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