China to cut 800 mln tonnes of coal capacity annually by 2020

Updated 2017-01-01 09:15:41 Xinhua

China aims to optimize the structure of its coal production by reducing outdated capacity and increasing the use of cleaner products.

The world's largest coal producer and consumer will cut outdated coal capacity by 800 million tonnes per year by 2020, while increasing use of cleaner coal by 500 million tonnes, according to the coal industry 2016-2020 development plan issued by the country's top economic planner.

Total coal output will stand at about 3.9 billion tonnes in 2020, compared with 3.75 billion tonnes in 2015, while China will consume 4.1 billion tonnes of coal, up from 3.96 billion tonnes in 2015.

There will be about 3,000 coal enterprises in 2020, mostly large companies, running about 6,000 collieries nationwide, with large-capacity coal mines the majority.

The plan also outlines targets to improve coal production safety and efficiency, as well as reducing impact on the environment.

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