China mulls new coal curbs

Sydney Morning Herald, October 10, 2015

“China is considering aggressive new curbs on coal consumption as it accelerates efforts to transform its economy and tackle climate change, moves that would hurt Australia’s export revenue and place new mines in doubt …

Even with power demand basically flat this year, China continues to add almost 1 gigawatt of new coal-fired generating capacity – equivalent to a large power station in Australia – to the grid each week.

Professor Jiang, who is also a government climate change adviser, told Fairfax Media planners are considering to slapping a ban on new coal-fired capacity: “Now we are just talking about this in the new five-year plan – whether we go to zero new coal-fired power plants.”