China’s powerful coal industry makes it difficult to keep an environmentally friendly course.
Cheap Chinese coal is the biggest obstacle to the transition to green energy. 70 percent of China’s total energy consumption is coal-based. At the same time, China is the world’s largest coal producer and accounts for over 40 percent of the world’s total coal production.
Although the government’s goals are clear, there is still a long way to go before local authorities can comply with the green target.
“There are quite far from Beijing and out to the coal provinces, where local leaders have both coal mines and perhaps polluting factories lying in the backyard. They are an important part of the local economy and employ many people. And therefore the closure of mines and factories is not just something you do overnight, but something of a longer process”, says energy atteche at the Danish Embassy in Beijing, Christian van Maarschalkerweerd.
Among the solutions is district heating, as in Anshan, where Danfoss has created the basis for a project with the use of waste heat from the city’s steelworks. The waste heat can cover the city’s heating needs.
Source: Børsen / Dansk Fjernvarme