China’s government is considering banning coal power plants for safety reasons, a government official said, and the country’s new President Xi Jinping said the country needs to ramp up production to meet growing demand for electricity.
Xi, in an interview published on Wednesday by the state-run Global Times newspaper, said coal plants should be scrapped because they are a major contributor to climate change.
He also said the government should consider the safety of coal power stations when setting fuel quotas.
China will need to increase the amount of coal it produces by at least 50% by 2025 to meet the countrys 2020 emissions target of cutting emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020, the official said.
China has set targets of burning coal for electricity and for heating and cooling.
Xi has said China needs to build a 100GW coal power station by 2030.
China already has one of the world’s largest coal plants at the Wuhan Power Station.
Xi said the authorities should not allow people to have their heads in the sand when it comes to coal and said the use of coal is a national priority.