China's environmental challenges - (clean) coal strikes back

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Report summary

Over the past 12 months Chinese environmental policy has been on something of a rollercoaster ride. From an initial headlong dive into gas switching away from coal in the captive power sector, policies have since taken a sharp turn back towards coal, albeit with strict emissions targets.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Background
    • Table 2. Existing provincial government and Genco ultra-low emissions retrofit targets
  • Gencos adapting to new ‘carrot and stick’ policies
  • Technological risk remains an issue
  • Negative impact on gas demand
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 4 images and tables including:


  • Table 1. Announced ultra-low emission demonstration projects
  • China's environmental challenges - (clean) coal strikes back: Table 2


  • Chart 1. Comparisons of China emission limits by plant technology
  • Chart 2. Guangdong coal-fired plant fuel costs and premiums

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