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China's synthetic natural gas revolution

China has recently pushed for investments in large-scale coal-fuelled synthetic natural gas plants. The associated carbon emissions, water needs and wider environmental impacts are, however, mostly neglected and could lock the country into an unsustainable development path.

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Figure 1: Comparison of lifecycle GHG emissions and water consumption in the production of SNG, coal and shale gas.
Figure 2: Cost estimates for new SNG projects in United States and China.


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Yang, CJ., Jackson, R. China's synthetic natural gas revolution. Nature Clim Change 3, 852–854 (2013).

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