Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for an increase in coal production given the country’s record electricity consumption due to the heat wave. The early summer heat wave led to an 8.8% increase in electricity consumption in northwest China, while it was 3.2% in northern China . These figures were reported by Chinese state media.
In the provinces of Shandong, Henan and Jiangsu, records for maximum electrical loads have been broken.
According to state media, Li Keqiang “urged tapping into peak coal capacity, securing power supply and resolutely preventing power outages during the summer peak season,” according to media reports. of state.
There have been widespread power outages in China over the past year. It was also considered an energy crisis.
Although Keqiang has called for an increase in coal production to avert an energy crisis, such a step could affect China’s ability to meet its carbon emissions targets.
In 2020, China announced its goal of reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming a carbon neutral country by 2060. Although China reported a third consecutive quarter of reduced emissions of carbon last year, experts attributed it to the Covid pandemic.
Although China invests a lot of money in wind and solar power, its electricity system remains dependent on coal. It uses more than 50 percent of the national supply.
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