China coal production falls in first 4 months of year

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities report that coal production in the world's biggest coal-consuming nation fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year.

The National Development and Reform Commission said Tuesday that Chinese imports of coal also fell, plummeting 38 percent.

China uses roughly half of all of the world's coal for power generation, heating and industry. That's made China the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

President Xi Jinping has pledged to stop the growth in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and clean up the country's polluted air. He's also promised to double the percentage of renewable energy in China's energy sources by that year.

A slowdown in China's economy has also tempered demand for coal.