Beijing Orders Mines to Produce More Coal Again
The Chinese government has ordered dozens of coal mines to mine much more coal. The order addresses the many mines explicitly in Inner Mongolia, a large region northwest of Beijing.
According to state media, the government wants to see a production there quickly increase by almost 100 million tons due to the ongoing energy shortage.
Coal is the energy source of 60 percent of the economy of the People’s Republic. The West is striving to become climate neutral as soon as possible, but Beijing does not see that happening until 2060. As a result, the entire country has to deal with power outages, among other things, which also lead to a work stoppage in companies.
Record coal prices, state price controls and emissions targets have combined to pressure China’s power supply. To make matters worse, the pandemic broke out in China at the end of 2019, and the country came into conflict with Australia over coal imports from that country. And the demand for energy in the first half of this year is even greater than it was before the corona outbreak. As a result, a number of provinces have already been forced to take restrictive measures to reduce energy consumption.
In August, China barely responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) alarm signals, which spoke of a catastrophe for humanity. China accounts for about a third of all greenhouse gases emitted. In addition, the country has more than a thousand coal-fired power stations, about half of all coal-fired power stations on Earth.
The people’s republic continues to aim to be climate neutral by 2060 officially and is counting on it to be at its peak in CO2 emissions by 2030.