Of course it talks about the importance of China being as up to date as possible with clean coal technology. It also drives home the point that China’s use of coal is not going to go away.
Some points from the article;
* At 188 billion tonnes, China has the world’s second largest coal reserves, next to the US.
* In 2005, China burned more than 1.2 billion tonnes of coal and emitted more carbon dioxide than the whole of Europe.
* Although coal’s share of the primary energy mix is projected to drop from 70% to 59% by 2030, booming demand for electricity will still see China burn twice as much coal then as it does today.
* China is by far the world’s largest producer of coal, accounting for 45% of global output.
* In 2006, China built an average of five 300 megawatt coal-fuelled power plants every week.
Efforts are being made;
‘Phase two of the Waigaoqiao plant (Shanghai), which has two 900MW generating units and uses turbines made by Siemens, is one of the most advanced coal-fired plants operating in China. With a net efficiency of more than 42% – significantly higher than the worldwide average of 31% for hard coal-fired units – it will save an annual one million tonnes of coal and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2.1 million tonnes in comparison with a typical Chinese power station of the same size.’
More at the above link. The Ethical Corporation site is well worth checking out, as is this site ChinaDigitalTimes to which I first found the above information.