China can meet carbon neutrality goals – by phasing out coal plants

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26 Mar 2021

China can achieve its goal to become carbon neutral by 2060 as long as it adopts a structured approach to reducing its dependence on coal for power, according to an American study

Achieving the target would require an immediate halt to the construction of new coal-fired power plants, the prompt closure of existing, inefficient facilities and the gradual phasing out of all remaining plants, the study said.The research, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, was led by a team from the Centre for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland in the United States.


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