China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged at the virtual climate summit to gradually reduce coal consumption from 2025. “During the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), we will strictly control the growth of coal consumption,” Xi also promised. With this, the president made his expected comments on the issue of coal – which is China’s biggest climate problem (as reported by China.Table), including in the foreign policy. Xi spoke vaguely of a “Green Belt and Road” initiative, as the New Silk Road is officially called in China. China is accused of funding coal projects abroad. Xi did not give details on any of these pledges. So the world has to be prepared for China’s coal consumption to rise for another four years. The target, however, is in line with heavy industry: The emissions peak for steel and aluminum, for example, is also to be reached in 2025.
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