A steep increase in coal plant development in China offset a retreat from coal in the rest of the world in 2020, resulting in the first increase in global coal capacity development since 2015, according to a new report led by Global Energy Monitor (GEM). In total, China was home to 85% of the 87.4 gigawatts (GW) of proposed new coal plants in 2020, GEM said in a press release.

 

The report, Boom and Bust 2021: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline, is the seventh annual survey of the global coal plant pipeline. A record-tying 37.8 GW of coal plants were retired in 2020, led by the US with 11.3 GW and EU27 with 10.1 GW. President Trump’s promised coal boom was a bust as US coal plant retirements during Donald J. Trump’s four-year term rose to 52.4 GW, exceeding the 48.9 GW retired during Barack Obama’s second term.

 

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/record-eu-and-us-coal-plant-closures-offset-by-china-coal-boom-in-2020/

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