China sets cap for energy consumption for first time

A worker speaks as he loads coal on a truck at a depot near a coal mine from the state-owned Longmay Group on the outskirts of Jixi, Heilongjiang, China


China recently announced in its five-year plan that the country aims to keep energy consumption within 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020. This marks the first time China has set such a target.

Reuters reported this week that “China has long been considering an energy consumption cap in a bid to improve industrial efficiency, tackle smog and control greenhouse gas emissions, which are the highest in the world. Beijing is also pushing structural reforms to decouple economic growth from energy consumption.”

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