China’s coal industry is expected to be cut by more than 2% this year as the country moves to curb carbon emissions.
The country’s coal consumption is expected at just over 2.8 million tonnes this year, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
The production was boosted in 2017 by a planned increase in power generation from coal-fired plants.
China’s National Energy Administration said last week it would reduce output by a total of 2.2 million tonnes from 2020 to 2021, Xinhua reported.
The move will bring coal consumption to a more sustainable level, Xinhe said.
China has the world’s second-largest coal reserves after the U.S., with around 1.2 billion tonnes, Xinha said.
The government aims to burn around 4.6 billion tonnes of coal a year by 2030, Xinhuanet said.