27 Feb '15, 5pm

China's fossil fuel emissions fell 3% in 2014, thanks to growth of renewables. The Ecologist

China's fossil fuel emissions fell 3% in 2014, thanks to growth of renewables. The Ecologist

The fall in China's coal consumption comes as China has set new global records for wind and solar installations and seen an increase in both economy-wide and power plant efficiency. China's coal consumption fell by 2.9% in 2014, according to newly released official Chinese energy data . The data confirms earlier projections of a fall in coal use and 1% reduction in Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning according to calculations based on the data (excel spreadsheet). An initial analysis by Glen Peters suggests that equates to a 0.7% drop in overall emissions. This is the first fall in China's emissions from oil, gas and coal burning since the Asian economic crisis more than 15 years ago. It's also the biggest recorded fall in 30 years, and the first time on record that emission fell while total energy consumption grew. Coal consumption growth in China has been s...

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