China generated half of global coal power in 2020: study


A new report shows China was the only G20 country to see a significant jump in coal production last year. At the same time, European nations are shuttering coal plants at record rates. China generated over 53% of the world’s total coal-fired power in 2020, according to data published by the energy and climate research group Ember on Monday. That’s an increase of nine percentage points since 2015. China was the only G20 nation to see a significant jump in coal-fired generation, the London-based group’s “2021 Global Electricity Review” showed. This was despite China adding record amounts of renewables to its electricity grid in the last year alone. Ember’s data showed the nation bringing on 71.7 gigawatts (GW) of wind power and 48.2 GW of solar in 2020.

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