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China Has Built 14 Overseas Coal Plants Since Vowing No New Ones

  • 26 plants were canceled, dozens more are in question: CREA
  • Xi committed in 2021 to stop building coal plants abroad

A year after President Xi Jinping promised China would stop building coal power plants overseas, the country has completed 14 such facilities beyond its borders and will finish another 27 soon, according to a new report.

Most of the projects that were in progress when Xi made the announcement are in limbo, but the recently or soon-to-be completed plants will emit about 140 million tons of CO2 a year in total, the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air and People of Asia for Climate Solutions said in the report. That’s more than the national emissions of the Philippines.