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China Says It Won’t Abandon Climate Goals By Moving Back to Coal

  • Major new coal-fired power unlikely, says state-run newspaper
  • Nation is seeking to both grow economy and curb emissions
QR National Coal Freight Trains & Coal At Port Of Newcastle
Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

China is unlikely to embark on major new developments of coal-fired power even as it boosts output of the fuel to ease electricity shortages, according to a front-page commentary in a key state-run newspaper.

The nation remains committed to achieving its goals of peaking greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, and hitting net zero by 2060, the Economic Daily said. A recent energy crisis is a reminder China should pursue the efforts to shift to lower-carbon energy sources in a “balanced and orderly manner,” according to the newspaper.