China continues to build new efficient coal plants, now has half the world’s electricity-from-coal capacity

China continues to build new efficient coal plants, now has half the world’s electricity-from-coal capacity.

Think the world is phasing out coal? Not all the world. From Mapped: The world’s coal power plants:

Some 80 countries use coal to generate electricity, up from 66 in 2000. Since then, 15 countries have added coal capacity for the first time and one country — Belgium — has phased it out.

Another 19 countries — responsible for 5% of current capacity — have pledged to phase out coal as part of the “Powering Past Coal Alliance”, led by the UK and Canada. This now officially includes Germany, home to the world’s fifth-largest coal fleet and some 2% of the global total. Meanwhile, 13 countries hope to join the coal power club in future, including Egypt …

China had 49.1% of the world’s electricity-from-coal capacity in March 2020.

China has the largest coal fleet by far and is also home to the world’s heaviest concentration of coal plants, with around 100GW in a 250km radius along the Yangtze River delta around Shanghai. China is the world’s largest CO2 emitter and uses half the coal consumed each year.

Go figure.