Hunan province in southern China is set to strictly control coal consumption, in a move to establish a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system and meet carbon peaking and neutrality goals, according to an official draft plan for carbon goals.
The plan stressed to push the reduction of coal consumption and carbon emissions in steel, construction materials, chemical and non-ferrous metals industries and substitution of coal with electricity and gas, while still highlighted the important role of coal-fired power in ensuring basic energy supply and emergent peak shaving.
The province will also curb oil consumption but further expand natural gas market by strengthening gas source establishment and improving gas pipelines and storage facilities, according to the plan.
More efforts shall be devoted to tap renewable energy, like solar and wind power, develop biomass energy according to different conditions and increase usage of geothermal energy heating and cooling. Hydropower capacity shall also be expanded.
A dual control system over energy intensity and consumption needs to be set up to curb energy consumption and emission volume of carbon dioxide.
Energy utilization efficiency at key territories, like manufacturing industry, construction, transportation and new communication shall be improved.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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