A study published Tuesday showed that the number of coal-fired power plants in development globally dropped in 2021, but the fossil fuel most responsible for global warming continues to cause record emissions of CO2, threatening Paris’ climate goals.

China, which has slightly more than half of new coal-fired power stations in pipeline, is making much of this growth.

The Global Energy Monitor’s annual report tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline says new coal plants are being considered in 34 countries, up from 41 in January 2021.

Rich country’s should do all this by 2030 and most other countries by 2040, it said.

“The coal plant pipeline is shrinking, but there is simply no carbon budget left to be building new coal plants,” told Flora Champenois of the Global Energy Monitor.

US coal capacity shut down in 2021 fell for the second straight year, from 16.1 GW in 2019 to 11.6 GW in 2020, down from an estimated 6.4-9.0 GW last year.

Three-quarters of the new coal-fired power plants that laid the foundation last year were located in China. The capacity started up to offset the shutdowns of coal-fired power stations in all other nations together.

“In China, plans for new coal-fired power plants have continued to be announced,” said Lauri Mylli, chief analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, which was a co-author of the report.

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