A study conducted by climate think tank TransitionZero suggests that the world will need to decommission nearly 3.000 coal-fired power stations by 2030 if it is to have a chance of limiting the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit).

A need to decommission nearly 1.000 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants would oblige China – the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases and owner of about half of global coal-fired power plants – to speed its shift to clean electricity.

China has reduced the share of coal in the overall energy mix from 72.4% in 2005 to 56.8% last year, but in absolute terms usage has increased.

President Xi Jinping promised, earlier this year, that China will begin trimming coal consumption, but not soon after 2025.

Its coal strategy has been further scrutinized in recent weeks as regulators try to figure out the extra volume needed to address an energy crisis that has forced factories to close and posed a threat to winter heating and power supplies.

Gray said that while coal consumption will be up in the near term, the crisis is forcing China to speed up reforms that will ultimately help the country reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

A current policy that’s designed to force operators of coal-fired power stations to sell electricity through the wholesale market would expose them to competition from renewables, emphasising their lack of competitiveness, he added.

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