China will burn coal (a little) more efficiently

coal-fired-plantAccording to Clean Tech, China will close down 31 GW of inefficient coal-fired plants and will replace them by cleaner and more efficient ones. This has to be compared with the 792.5 GW of coal plants at the end of 2008 in the country.

Previously applied, such measures enabled the country to decrease the amount of coal from 370 grams to 349 grams to produce a kWh in only three years. Even if this seems to be a good news, it doesn’t represent a real solution.

One of the best solutions we could apply to such new plants would be carbon capture and storage (CCS), which would cut emissions by a factor ten.


Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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