China’s Coal-fired Electricity Generation is Key Global Driver in Coal Production, Export, and Use.
The world is due to add nearly 1000 Gigawatts of coal-fired generation in the next 25 years, according to projections.
The increase has major implications for any hopes to stablise and reduce global concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions.
The increase, from 1425 to 2366 Gigawatts of installed capacity, goes some way to explaining the massive projected increases in global steaming coal production and exports.
Most of the increase, 879 Gigawatts of added capacity in 2035 from 2007 levels, will be in non-OECD Asia.
Of this, 788 Gigawatts is attributable to India and China, of which China’s contribution alone is 737 Gigawatts of added coal-fired generation capacity.
No wonder, then, that both production and exports of steaming coal are projected to continue to grow substantially.
This trend will only be meaningfully impacted should significant climate change regulations and targets be adopted.
Data source: EIA (Washington)