China's post-coal growth

Slowing GDP growth, a structural shift away from heavy industry, and more proactive policies on air pollution and clean energy have caused China's coal use to peak. It seems that economic growth has decoupled from growth in coal consumption.

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Figure 2: China's economy, primary energy and coal consumption (setting 1980 values as 100), and their respective growth rates.
Figure 3: Historical trajectories of economic development and coal consumption for the United Kingdom, the United States and China (data normalized for comparison; note differences in values on both axes).


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Qi, Y., Stern, N., Wu, T. et al. China's post-coal growth. Nature Geosci 9, 564–566 (2016).

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