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China’s coal consumption at alarming levels and may continue to soar
“China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption… almost as much as the rest of the world combined”, the agency said last week.
Although Beijing supports the renewable energy and understands the dangers of air pollution, coal demand in China is poised to continue rising.
China`s coal consumption increased 9% in 2011 to 3.8 billion tons, and since the year 2000 China accounted for 82% of the world`s coal demand growth.
This is considered dangerous not only for the Chinese people, but for the world as well, especially since China relies on coal for 70 % of its power.
“This diversification is better than nothing but it won`t dramatically change the picture”, said Carlos Fernandez Alvarez from the International Energy Agency.
China overtook the United States as the world`s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became the world`s biggest consumer of energy in 2010.
Meanwhile, according to China’s Electricity Council, the nation’s carbon emissions from the power sector dropped 57.51 million tons year on year in 2011.