China must shut coal-fired plants with no carbon capturing within 25 years to meet Xi climate goal: US think tank

China must shut coal-fired plants with no carbon capturing within 25 years to meet Xi climate goal: US think tank

China should eliminate coal burning in industrial and residential settings in five years and shut all coal-fired power plants not retrofitted with facilities that capture carbon dioxide emissions within 25 years, according to a US energy think tank.

These are the measures that China must undertake to meet President Xi Jinping’s goal for it to become carbon-neutral – with residual emissions completely offset by removals – before 2060 to fight climate change, San Francisco-based Energy Foundation said in a report on Thursday.

“Through an immediate halt of new construction of coal-fired power plants, rapid retirements of a small portion of old, dirty, inefficient coal plants in the near term, and gradually reduced utilisation for operating plants, China can phase out coal power generation without [carbon capture facilities] by around 2040-45, when most existing plants reach a 30-year lifetime,” it said.