This year, China is projected to burn a record amount of coal for the sake of economic recovery after the pandemic.
In China, manufacturers emit more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere per year than all the developed countries of the world combined. This is reported by BNN Bloomberg.
It is noted that at the end of 2019, the volume of emissions of six greenhouse gases, which include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen oxide in China amounted to 14.09 billion tons, which is about 30 million tons more than the total emissions of developed countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The country’s five largest energy companies, which are subsidized by the state, have announced plans to develop about 305 gigawatts of new wind and solar power plants in the next five years. This is almost double the capacity that will be installed in the United States over the same period.
However, the researchers note that historically, OECD members have released four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China. They reported that current global warming is the result of emissions from both the recent and more distant past.
Recall that this year, the Chinese economy showed a record quarterly growth. Compared to the same period last year, it was 18.3%.