China ‘must shut 600 coal-fired plants’ to hit climate target

15th Apr, 2021

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Wind turbines in Gansu, Wuwei, China, pictured in November 2020. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

China must shut down nearly 600 of its coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years, replacing them with renewable electricity generation, to meet its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, a report has said. But replacing the 364GW of coal generation with renewable power would achieve a net saving of $1.6tn (£1.2tn) over the period, since wind and solar power are now much cheaper than coal, according to the analysis company TransitionZero.

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