Though achievements have been obtained in coal capacity cut since last year, China seeks more than that, and what it really focuses on is the clean and efficient utilization of fossil fuels, said Li Zhi, head of the National Energy Administration.
Coal and oil contribute 62% and 19% to China's total energy consumption, respectively, which was mainly resulted from its resource structure. Coal will remain a significant fuel in China's primary energy mix in a long period ahead, said Li.
Huang Qili, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, suggested that power firms that mainly rely on coal burns should strive to enhance efficiency to reduce coal use and promote clean utilization of coal.
He pointed out that the average efficiency of China's coal-fired power generation was 33%, compared with 43% of foreign countries.
"Coal is both resource and energy, so we should promote its comprehensive use," he added.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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