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China’s Green Ambitions Aren’t Halting New Coal and Steel Plans

  • State firms announced 43 coal-fired generators in first half
  • Rate of emissions growth slowed in second quarter, study shows
Excavations at Mechel PJSC's Krasnogorsky Coal Mine
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

China continues to announce new steel mills and coal-fired power plants even as the country maps out a path to zeroing out heat-trapping emissions.

State-owned firms proposed 43 new coal-fired generators and 18 new blast furnaces in the first half of 2021, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air said in a report Friday. If all approved and built, they would emit about 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, more than the total emissions from the Netherlands.