OIES Podcast – China’s coal conundrum
In this podcast, Anders Hove and Michal Meidan talk about China’s coal consumption, drawing on the Coal chapter in the Guide to Chinese Climate Policies. Anders and Michal talk about the importance of coal for the Chinese economy, the geography of coal demand as well as structural trends in Chinese coal use as the country proceeds with its energy transition. While the long term direction of travel is clear, the availability of discounted Russian coal and the focus on energy security in recent years have led to a greater prominence for coal in China’s energy mix. They discuss the rise in coal production and imports as well as concerns about power outages this summer.