Emissions of CO2 have fallen in the US and EU at the same rate this year despite their leaders having starkly different positions on the need to tackle climate change. The closure of coal-fired power stations was the main reason for both achieving a 1.7 per cent cut, showing that the US is still playing its part in the global effort to cut emissions despite President Trump’s climate scepticism. He came to power with a promise to revive the US coal industry but the country’s coal-based emissions fell by 10 per cent last year and about 25 coal power plants closed. They were unable to compete with cheaper gas, which produces about half the emissions of coal per unit of energy.
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China’s government plans to reduce coal power production in the north-west of the country by at least a quarter, in a bid to tackle overcapacity in an industry seen as a threat to reducing global carbon emissions. Five of China’s centrally controlled power suppliers will aim to cut coal power capacity by a quarter to a third across the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu and Shaanxi, and the regions of Xinjiang and Ningxia, according to state media.
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Spanish power firm Iberdrola will decommission its last two coal plants in 2020 and replace their output with wind and solar projects, the company said on Monday. It made the announcement as negotiators from almost 200 countries meet in Madrid from Dec. 2-13 to thrash out details of how to implement the landmark Paris climate agreement and ramp up cuts of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Iberdrola has been closing coal and fuel oil power plants globally over the past 15 years as it shifts focus to low-carbon renewable power production and its energy networks business.
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