Greenpeace, the not-so-quiet critic of China vis-à-vis the environment, released a statement this week that was more conciliatory than damning. In the statement, the international organization cited a 1-2% drop in China’s use of coal.
This is the first drop this century and confirms an August report by Greenpeace of lower than expected coal use. China’s widespread use of coal is the biggest culprit in making the country the world’s largest carbon emitter.
From the statement:
“The data suggests the world’s largest economy is finally starting to radically slow down its emission growth.”
Even as coal use dropped, power consumption across China grew by 4%. This indicates alternative sources of power being sought out by energy consumers. It is also a welcome announcement as the United States reports a 4.8% increase in coal use and a 2.5% overall uptick in energy-related emissions.