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China Will Hit 2030 Climate Goal Early, Says State-Linked Think Tank

  • Chinese Academy of Engineering sees peak emissions in 2027
  • Beijing eyes increase in coal output on energy security push

A think tank with ties to China’s State Council is adding to the chorus of researchers who see the country hitting peak emissions early, even as the government backs an aggressive expansion of fossil fuel output.

The Chinese Academy of Engineering said in a report it expects the amount of carbon dioxide the nation spews out to top out at 12.2 billion tons around 2027, state-owned CCTV reported Thursday. The academy follows other prominent think tanks that have said China will likely beat the government’s 2030 target to halt growth in its world-leading emissions.