China’s ‘green’ plans go up in smoke – government data – RT Business News

China has raised coal production to its highest level since 2015 in a push to reign at record high energy prices and increase supply.

Both the world’s largest coal producer and consumer, China, produced about 357.09 million tonnes of coal in October, an increase of almost 7% over a month earlier, figures released by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics show on Monday.

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In addition, coal production in the country rose last week to a record high of 12.05 million tonnes a day, China’s National Development and Reform Commission reported. China’s total coal production during the first 10 months of 2021 grew by 4% year-on-year.

The increase in production is the result of state-approved expansions at more than 150 coal mines across the country. The government has also recently banned local authorities from closing coal mines without a green light from Beijing and called for an immediate restart of closed mines once the problems leading to their closure were resolved.

Spot coal prices in China’s northern ports fell on Monday to almost half the level in mid-October due to news of the increase in production and Beijing’s other recent steps to curb the country’s renewable energy crisis.

The dirtiest fossil fuel, coal, supplies nearly 60% of China’s electricity needs. The country, which in recent years has moved to curb overproduction of coal under the agenda to switch to greener energy sources, was recently forced to reverse its steps.

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As the country began to recover after Covid-19, an increase in industrial demand almost tripled coal prices, causing electricity producers to slow down production, leading to power outages and outages at China’s many industrial plants. Several Chinese provinces were reported to have been hit by power outages and supply problems in the past two months, affecting both households and a number of factories that have fueled the world’s second largest economy.

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