China reduces energy shortages with increased coal production

China said it increased its daily coal production by more than a million tons, thereby reducing its energy shortage, as world authorities discussed in Glasgow how to deal with the global warming crisis.

China, the world’s largest coal importer, has faced blackouts in recent months that have affected the global supply chain due to stringent Chinese emissions targets and rising fossil fuel prices.

But the situation was relieved with an increase in local coal production, according to a statement from China’s main planning body.

The National Development and Reform Commission said daily coal production rose to an average of more than 11.5 million tons since mid-October, 1.1 million tons more than at the end of September.

The increase coincided with the COP26 summit in Glasgow, which Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend, and in which world authorities discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Xi, whose country is the world’s largest emitter of CO2, sent a written statement to the summit.

Several Chinese factories have suspended operations in recent months due to blackouts.

The shortage was exacerbated by China’s zero-tolerance policy on COVID-19, which practically closed the country’s borders and hampered shipments of raw materials from abroad.

About 60% of China’s electricity is generated by coal.

Beijing submitted a new climate plan to the UN ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in which it reiterated its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.


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